Inflight view of Aero
Commander 100 Darter Commander, N6666D. Originally built by the
Volaircraft company as the model 10, later the model 10A. This airplane
is currently on the FAA register as a Volaircraft model 10A, serial
number 10A-026. North American Rockwell purchased the rights to
this airplane in 1965 for manufacturing by their Aero Commander
divison. Aero Commander named it the Darter Commander, with 150
HP Lycoming engine. Later Aero Commander developed the airplane
with a 180 HP Lycoming engine, renaming it the Lark Commander.
B&W, about 103K,
Inflight view of Aero Commander 200, N2921T. The Aero Commander 200 was originally the Meyers 200 (see below for a ground view of the Meyers 200). One difference between the Meyers 200 and the Aero Commander 200 is the engine. In the Meyers 200 the engine is a Continental IO-470 of 260 HP, in the Aero Commander 200 the engine is a Continental IO-520 of 285HP. This example is serial number 326, and is current on the US register. B&W, about 101K, Added 11/02/05.
Inflight view of an Aero Commander 500-B, registration N9386R. This is the 1960 model which was the first Aero Commanders to use the slimmer engine nacelles. In 1960 the models 500A and 500B were both manufactured, and look very similar. The 500A uses Continental IO-470 enines, the 500B uses Lycoming IO-540 engines. A major change was needed to allow the slimmer nacelles. With the slimmer nacelles it became necessary to rotate the landing gear 90 degrees so it could lay flat when retracted. With the earlier larger nacelles there was adequate room for the landing gear to retract straight back. B&W, about 105K, Added 04/01/09.
Very nice Inflight view of an Aero Commander 560-A, registration N2758B. The images of the Aero Commander 560 shown here represent the original design with the larger engine nacelles. Using the same fuselage design, Aero Commander would make a significant change to the engine nacelle beginning with the 1960 year. N2758B was built in 1955, serial number 258. B&W, about 112K, Added 02/18/06.
Instrument Panel of Aero Commander 560-A, believed to be N2744B. To the left of the throttle quadrant is a Lear ADF-12, to the right a Narco VC-27 Simplexer. On the glare shield are 3 additional radio control heads. On the right of the 3 appears to be an ARC tunable navigation radio. B&W, about 112K, Added 03/01/12.
Very nice Inflight view of an Aero Commander 560, registration N2673B. This is serial number 173, built in 1954. B&W, about 154K, Added 11/18/05. Here is another very nice view of Aero Commander 560 N2673B, again inflight, this time from a slightly different, lower angle. B&W about 70K. Added 02/18/06.
Inflight view of an Aero Commander 680 as the USAF L-26C-AD serial number 55-4647. Aero Commander serial number 680-315-10. This aircraft was for used as a presidential aircraft. President Eisenhower did fly in it. It was later redesignated as U-4B. Color, about 135K, Added 07/07/05.
Ground view of an Aero Commander 680 N9602. B&W, about 81K, Added 02/23/06.
Very nice inflight view of Aero Commander 680 N6869S, c/n 680-388-69, manufactured in 1956. B&W, about 307K, Added 05/07/15.
Inflight view of an Aero Commander 720 Alti Cruiser. Registration N7200. The Aero Commander 720 was, I believe, the first production light aircraft to be pressurized. Certainly airliners had long had pressurization, but not light general aviation aircraft. Only about 30 of the model 720's were manufacutred. B&W, about 63K, Added 02/23/06.
Inflight view of an Aerocar Model I, N31214. This combination car/airplane first built in 1949 by designer Moulton B. Taylor. Some sources say the airplanes had a Lycoming O-290, others say a Lycoming O-320. The wings and tail can be removed and towed behind when used as an automobile. Believe 5 of the model 1's were built. B&W, about 113K, Added 03/30/02 09/02/10.
Ground view of an Aerocar Model One, N103D, construction number 2. This view shows how the wings folded back during ground travel. B&W, about 143K, Added 04/22/11.
Ground view of an Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A. AL.60C-5 Conestoga, registration I-RAIB. Lockheed Georgia designed the Lockheed LASA-60 building two prototypes with first flight September 16, 1959. Later built in Mexico, Italy and South Africa. The Conestoga version was built specifically for the Central African Republic. The LASA-60 is approximately equivilant to the Cessna 182 with a higher horsepower engine used. B&W, about 137K, Added 02/15/15.
Ground view of an Aeronca L-3B Grasshopper, USAAF serial number 42-36200. Originally designated the O-58B the designation was later changed to L-3B-AE.v The name "Grasshopper" applied to Aeronca, Piper and Taylorcraft light aircraft purchase by the USAAF immediately prior to and during WWII. This aircarft is now displayed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. Aeronca built 1,798 L-3's for the military. B&W, about 211K, Added 10/18/14.
Ground view of an Aeronca 65-CA Chief, NC29208, c/n C10080, a 1940 model, current on the FAA register. B&W, about 113K, Added 12/01/11.
Ground view of an Aeronca 65-TL Tandem Trainer, NC33782, c/n L9341T, a 1941 model, current on the FAA register. B&W, about 201K, Added 04/02/16.
Inflight view of an Aeronca 7AC Champion, believe this is N81412, c/n 7AC-5, current on the FAA register. B&W, about 128K, Added 01/01/02.
Beautiful inflight view of Aeronca 7AC Champion, NC83707. This airplane is a 1946 model, serial number 7AC-2385. B&W, about 68K, Added 10/17/10.
Ground view of a Aeronca 7AC Champion, NC1747E. This particular airplane has wheel pants on, which was not too common for the Aeronca 7AC. Airplane shown is a 1946 model, serial number 7AC-5314. B&W, about 78K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view of a Aeronca 15AC Sedan, NC1100H. The Sedan is a four place airplane. B&W, about 87K, Added 03/30/02.
Ground view of a American Aviation AA-1 Yankee, N274AA. Jim Bede designed this airplane in 1962 as the BD-1. Before going into production the company was renamed American Aviation. Some 929 AA-1 airplanes were built by American Aviation, which was then sold to become Gumman American Aviation. Another 891 AA-1 series airplanes were sold bringing total production to 1,820. Production ended in 1978. B&W, about 160K, Added 06/12/13.
Ground view of a Baumann Brigadier B-290, N90616. The first Baumann Brigadier was the B-250 with two Continental C-125 125 HP engines. This was sold to Piper for possible production, however Piper did not manufacture the airplane. This is the second Baumann Brigadier, a model B-290, with two Continental C-145 145HP engines (total of 290 HP). Airplane was designed in Pacoima, California, and I believe this photo was taken at Whiteman Airpark. This airplane was at one time in the EAA Museum at Oshkosh, WI, uncertain of current location or condition. I understand there was a second B-290 airplane, which at some time was rengined with 165HP Franklins. The Baumann Brigadier became the basis of the Custer CCW-5 Channel Wing. B&W, about 139K, Added 08/02/12.
Ground view of a Bay Aviation Super V, N249C? (maybe N349C). The Super V is a Beech Bonanza modified to twin engine configuration. There are differing reports on this airplane. One incorrect report is the conversion is of the Beech C-35 Bonanza. The Super V serial numbers have both an original Beech Bonanza serial number plus a Super V serial number. Those serial numbers indicate most existing conversions were from straight 35 Bonanzas, with others from an A-35 model. Originally converted by David Peterson of Tulsa, then Oakland Aviation, later Bay Aviation Services, then Pine Air Ltd., and finally Fleet Aircraft Co. Some sources say 9 aircraft were converted, other sources say 5 aircraft were converted, however serial numbers go to 16. Some are on the FAA register as Bay Aviation, others as Pine Air Ltd. Power by two Lycoming O-360 engines, each of 180HP. B&W, about 80K, Added 04/10/08.
Inflight view of Beagle D5/180 Husky registered G-ASNC. Origin of the Husky is the Auster Aircraft Limited which was merged into Beagle Aircraft in 1961. This airplane is c/n 3678 built in 1963. Engine is a Lycoming O-360-A1A of 180 HP. You may sometimes find this type airplane identified as the Beagle A.113 Husky, with the A.113 being the Beagle model number. B&W, about 198K, Added 08/24/14.
Inflight view of Beagle 121 Series 1 registered G-AVDF, c/n B121-001, manufactured in 1967. Often this Beagle is referred to as the model 100 Pup. Engine is a Continental Motors O-200-A of 100 HP. Beagle manufactured 176 through 1970. The Beagle Pup was developed into the Beagle Bulldog with more power, which was used by several air forces for basic training. B&W, about 205K, Added 08/24/14.
Inflight view of Beagle 206 Series 2 registered G-ATYX, c/n B043, manufactured in 1966. The model 206 can be configured with up to 8 seats. Engine is a Continental GTSIO-520. Beagle manufactured a total of 80 model 206 aircraft between 1964 and 1969. Beagle developed this into the Beagle B.206R used by the Royal Air Force as the Basset CC.1, which the RAF used to move "V" Bomber crews around England. B&W, about 130K, Added 08/24/14.
Inflight view of Beech UC-43, USAAF 43-10828. The UC-43 is the same as the Beech D-17S. The Beech 17 is a true classic. B&W, about 84K, Added 07/07/05.
A second inflight view of Beech UC-43 shown above, USAAF serial number 43-10828, Beech C/N 4876. The UC-43 is the same as the Beech D-17S. The Beech 17 is a true classic. B&W, about 211K, Added 01/21/16.
Ground view of Beech UC-43, USAAF 44-76068. This is Beech construction number 6913, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy as a GB-2, bureau number of 23733. The Navy then transferred the airplane to the USAAF as 44-76068. Aircraft is now part of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. B&W, about 72K, Added 03/17/07.
Ground view of Beech D-17S, registration NC162. This photo was taken in 1949. The Beech 17 is a true classic often referred to as the "Staggerwing Beech" because the top wing is positioned behind the lower wing. The wing position relationship is seen well in this view. B&W, about 92K, Added 12/24/05.
View of a Beech D-17S Instrument panel. B&W, about 68K, Added 02/14/07.
Ground view of Beech D-17W NC17081. This is the first of 2 Beech D17W's built, construction number 136. This airplane was used by Jacqueline Cochran to set a woman's speed record of 203 mph in June 1937. Later Jacqueline Cochran flew the other Beech D17W, NX18562, cn 164 to set a altitude record of 30,052 feet in 1939, as well as other records. NC17081 was converted by Beech in October 1937 to D17S standard. B&W, about 99K, Added 03/01/08.
Nice in flight view of Beech G-17S, registration NC21934. This airplane began as the last D-17S and was converted into the prototype G-17S, construction number 424, still active on the FAA register. B&W, about 118K, Added 02/02/07.
Another in flight view from a different angle of Beech G-17S, registration NC21934, c/n 424. B&W, about 111K, Added 10/01/14.
In flight view of Beech G-17S, registration NC80302. This airplane is the first production Beech model G-17S, serial number B-1. B&W, about 92K, Added 05/26/07.
In flight view of Beech 18B, registration NC1284. This airplane is the fourth of four Beech model 18B aircraft built by Beech, completed in January 1938. This is serial number 18B-174. In this view the airplane is equipped with Jacobs L-5 engines 285HP engines (note the short nacelles). Later this airplane became a model 18D equipped with Jacobs L-6 engines of 330 HP each (which have longer engine nacelles). Difference between this early model 18 and later aircraft are rounded vertical stabilzers with a longer aerodynamic balance on the top of the rudder, later model 18's have an elliptical vertical stabilizer/rudder, with a smaller rudder balance. Early model 18's with Wright and Jacobs engines have nacelle bumps for the rocker arms. Pratt & Whitney engined models 18's all have smooth nacelles. Image is B&W, about 97K, Added 03/31/10.
Ground view of Beech 18D, registration NC1284. This airplane was the fourth of four Beech model 18B aircraft built by Beech, completed in January 1938. Serial number 18B-174. Originally this airplane was equipped with Jacobs L-5 engines 285HP engines, note the short nacelles on the view of this airplane above while still a model 18B. It was involved in an accident on July 11, 1938 in Pennsylvania. When the airplane was rebuilt it became a model 18D with Jacobs L6 330 HP engines, keeping the same serial number 174. Note the sightly longer nacelles on this image versus the image above as a model 18B. Rebuild was complete by January 1939. On May 18, 1939 the CAA (now the FAA) approved a flight to Rio de Janiero. The airplane was demonstrated to Brazilian officials until July 17, 1939. When the airplane got ready to depart back to the U.S. on July 17, 1939, it hit a fence taking off from Santos Dumont Airport and force landed in Rio de Janiero Bay with no loss of life. The airplane was raised from the ocean, however it was damaged so much that it was scrapped. This image shows the airplane in Rio de Janiero. Photo courtesy of Vito Cedrini Collection, image is B&W, about 211K, Added 02/01/13.
Ground view of U.S. Navy Beech JRB-1. Beech built 11 Navy JRB-1 aircraft with the "cupola" above the cockpit. The cupola was used so drones could be controlled from JRB-1 with the drone controller having greater outside visibility. This airplane is part of the first 5 built as it has no spinners on the propellers. This JRB-1 built in 1940. Image is B&W, about 152K, Added 04/02/15.
Instrument panel view of UC-45F USAAF serial number 44-47068. Note this Beech 18 has the original type control wheel. Beech equipped the C-45's with "Bow Tie" type control wheels beginning with USAAF serial number 44-47651. The Bow Tie type control wheel then remained the standard for model 17 and model 18. B&W, about 162K, Added 08/01/10.
Ground view of a Beech 18 built for the USAAF as a C-45F, with cn 8440, USAAF serial number 44-87181. After WWII ended the airplane was given to the California Department of Fish and Game, at which time the civil registration of NC4758N was assigned and the airplane identified on the registry as a C-18S, the equivilant civil model to the C-45F. Here is a view of Beech C-18S N4758N. This airplane is current on the FAA register, owned by the same company since 1977. Note the main landing gear forks which are welded, while later Beech 18's have an arched formed fork. Also note the large spinners, these were used with Hamilton Standard constant speed, but not feathering propellers. Some USAAF Beech 18's had Aeroproducts full feathering propellers, but the CAA required these be replaced before civil certification. Later the USAAF, then the USAF, removed the Aeroproducts propellers and replaced them with Hamilton Standard Hydromatic full feathering propellers, which became the most common propeller on Beech 18's. B&W, about 75K, Added 05/17/09.
Inflight view of the first post WWII built Beech D-18S, NC44592, serial number A-1. B&W, about 113K, Added 02/02/07.
Inflight view of the first post WWII built Beech D-18S, NC80033, serial number A-93, manufactured in 1946, photographed over the Beech factory in Wichita, Kansas. Airplane later registered N84M. B&W, about 412K, Added 04/01/17.
Ground view of Beech D-18S NC80223, serial number A-203. This view shows the standard entry door. Frequently owners installed an "airstair" door in place of the standard door. Instrument panel view of Beech D-18S NC80223. This image shows the pilot's control wheels as installed at the factory. Many times today the control wheels are installed upside down for better instrument visibility. Radio controls are overhead, all tunable radios. Passenger cabin view of Beech D-18S NC80223. The photographs were taken in 1949. All images B&W, about 122K, 259K and 116K respectively, Added 08/19/13.
Inflight view of a USAF Beech C-45G, serial number 51-11495, serial number AF-52. The Beech C-45G is the military version of the model 18. The C-45G was a World War II remanufactured C-45, AT-7 or AT-11. A heavier center section, and extended upper nacelles distinguished the remanufactured model 18. The C-45G had a Jack and Heinz autopilot, and Aero Products propellers. Beech remanufactured 372 into C-45G configuration. B&W, about 128K, Added 02/03/07.
Ground view of a USAF Beech C-45H, serial number 52-10749, serial number AF-679. This Beech C-45H is on the FAA register as N9593Z. Like the C-45G, the C-45H was a remanufactured World War II C-45. Differences between the G and H model, the H had no auto pilot, and Hamilton Standard propellers were used. Beech remanufactured 432 aircraft into C-45H configuration. B&W, about 94K, Added 03/01/08.
Inflight view of a Beech D-18S, NC80048, serial number A-109. Paint scheme has the Big Dipper and the North Star on the nose. Airplane first owend by Virginia Coal and Iron Company. A photograph of this airplane appeared on the cover of the Beech D-18S 1947 brochure. B&W, about 60K, Added 04/11/99.
Inflight view of Beech D-18S, N5873C. The Beech 18 is a favorite of mine. This is serial number A-578. Note the top of the cabin which is painted white. This is done to keep the cabin cooler by reflecting the sun. This airplane is current on the FAA register as N224A. B&W, about 79K, Added 04/11/99.
Inflight view of Beech D-18S, N3492B, serial number A-992, built in 1953, one of the last D-18S manufactured. Cabin top continues painted white, although slightly different than N5873C above. This airplane is current on the FAA register as N171DC. B&W, about 66K, Added 03/20/13.
Inflight view of a 1954 Beech E-18S, N3460B. Note the 6 inches of Added height of the cabin introduced with the "E" model, the first "Super 18." In addition to the extra cabin height, the E-18S incorporated a lengthened strut for the tail wheel, raised horizontal stabilizer, needle nose, with redesigned, lengthened and cambered wing tips. All these changes made for a much better handling airplane, especially at take-off and landing, with a higher cruise speed even at a higher gross weight. Serial number is BA-1, the first Beech E-18S. My thanks to Mike Ramsey, e-mail Mikeabi@webtv.net for providing me with an understanding of the improvements in the "E" model Beech 18. B&W, about 155K, Added 1/1/02, updated 10/13/02.
Instrument panel of the first Beech E-18S, N3460B. B&W, about 161K. Added 01/01/02.
Inflight side view of a 1958 Beech E-18S, N78A. This airplane was built in late 1957, and shows the 1958 model year Beech 18 paint scheme. Airplane is serial number BA-330. This Twin Beech is current on the FAA register, now with registration N446DM. B&W, about 161K, Added 05/08/10.
Very nice Inflight view of a 1959 Beech E-18S, N19U. This view shows the new Horner wing tips well. Airplane serial number is BA-380. B&W, about 69K, Added 04/12/06.
Instrument panel view of Beech 18, I believe this is an E-18S instrument panel. The radios give some indication, 2 ADF's, 2 Collins Omnis, 1 Collins 17L-3 VHF communications transceiver, a standby ARC T-11B transmitter (about 6 frequencies). Back of the photo says "Pillsbury Beechcraft 1955." B&W, about 177K. Added 10/05/05.
Inflight view of 1961 Beech G-18S, N9933R, serial number BA-581. This model introduced the panoramic windows on each side of the cabin. B&W, about 101K, Added 01/01/02.
Beautiful inflight view of a 1963 Beech H-18, N989B. This was the final model 18 built by Beech. Production would continue until 1969. Later in production Beech would make a tri-cycle landing gear optional, this image shows the H-18 with original conventional landing gear. B&W, about 92K, Added 02/02/07.
Ground view of a 1963 Beech H-18 with Tri Gear, N422X, serial number BA-652. The Tricycle gear for the model 18 was developed by Volpar, Inc., at Van Nuys, California. During 1963 Beech purchased the kit from Volpar to convert the H18 to a tri cycle gear version. Use of "trainning wheels" (Tri Cycle Landing Gear instead of the tailwheel conventional landing gear) made the model 18 much easier to handle during take off and landing. This conversion was very popular for the remainder of model 18 production. This particular aircraft was the first Beech factory production tri gear H18, delivered to the Govenor of New York in late 1963, with the registration N22X. B&W, about 118K, Added 05/26/07.
Instrument panel view of Beech H-18, N925H, serial number BA-695, a 1964 H-18. B&W, about 135K. Added 02/18/07.
Inflight view of Beech A23-19 Musketeer, N3616Q. The Musketeer came out in 1965, this is is a 1967 model. B&W, about 113K, Added 04/28/14.
Inflight view of Beech 35 Bonanza, NX80040, the 4th Bonanza built. Beech built 5 prototypes which are identified as numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Airframes 1, 2 and 5 were not flown, rather used for fatigue testing. Airframe 3 was the first Bonanza to fly on December 22, 1945. Number 3 used a laminar flow wing and a 4 cylinder Lycoming engine. This image shows airframe 4, the second Bonanza to fly, and the first to use the now familiar NACA 23000 wing and a Continental E Series engine. Number 4 shown in this image was used for certification flying, including dive tests to 286 MPH. This airplane has fabric covered ruddervators. Later this airplane, now certified and registered N80040, was used by Captain Bill Odom to establish a light plane long distance non-stop record flight of 4,957 miles from Honolulu to Teterboro, NJ, in March 1949. Odom named the airplane "Waikiki Beech." Later the airplane was renamed "Friendship Flame" and flown around the world by Representative Peter F. Mack Jr. Today N80040, number 4 is in the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. Preproduction number 4 is the oldest flyable Bonanza in existence, although not airworthy at this time. NOTE that all the preproduction Bonanza's are numbered from 1 to 5, however they do NOT have the letter "D" preceeding the serial number. Once certified, all production Bonaza's have a serial number with the letter "D" preceeding the number. My thanks to Ray Johnson, for correcting my original caption. Ray Johnson owns Bonanza serial number D-4 (not the 4th preproduction Bonanza now in the Simthsonian), registered N80404. B&W, about 71K, Added 05/01/07. Caption updated 11/07/11.
Very nice ground view of Beech 35 Bonanza, NC2703V. This is a 1947, very early production airplane, serial number D-79. This view shows the original variable pitch (but not constant speed) wooden 2 blade propeller. Early Bonanza's had this high polished wooden propeller. Later Beech changed to a plastic coated, black in color, wooden propeller. The variable pitch was controlled in the cockpit by a toggle switch, with the pitch change mechanism an electric motor. B&W, about 107K, Added 04/22/07.
Inflight view of Beech 35 Bonanza, NC2751V. This is a 1947, very early production airplane, serial number D-136. B&W, about 98K, Added 01/01/02.
Instrument Panel view of Beech 35 Bonanza. This shows the initial Bonanza instrument panel, which included the Motorola Avigator radio at the left side of the panel as standard. This was the only aircraft radio I ever saw which included pre-set push button tunning, although it was quite common in automobiles of the period. Throw over control wheel is shown in this photo in the co-pilot position. B&W, about 123K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Beech A35 Bonanza, N788B. Look carefully and you can see the low frequency trailing wire antenna which passed through a support between the butterfly tail surfaces. The antenna retracted in for landing. B&W, about 106K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view of Beech A35 Bonanza, N7109. This view shows the plastic covered wooden adjustable (but not constant speed) Beech propeller. The prop pitch is adjustable with an electric motor controlled by a switch to the left of the throttle. B&W, about 92K, Added 12/24/05.
Instrument Panel view of 1950 Beech B35 Bonanza, N5135C, serial number D-2420. "B" model Bonanza's came from the factory with a low frequency radio, so this panel has been upgraded. This view shows the Lear LTRA-5 at the left side of the panel. Note the interesting Lear Omni Scope to the right of the engine instruments. This was a cathode ray tube instrument which displayed a circular sweep. When the sweep passed the radial you were on, of the tuned in VOR, there was a blip on the screen! The Omni Scope was also offered with the later Lear LTRA-6, but the only installations I ever flew were with the LTRA-5. Note additionally there is a Lear ADF-12 and a RT-10C stand by VHF transmitter. Very well equipped for 1950! Throw over control wheel in the co-pilot position. This airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 152K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of 1952 Beech C35 Bonanza, N5942C, serial number D-3303. This model introduced 20% wider V-Tail surfaces at a slightly different angle, and wing root fillets. B&W, about 101K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Beech D35 Bonanza, N2064D, serial number D-3405, the fifth D model manufactured. This airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 163K, Added 11/01/08.
Inflight view of Beech E35 Bonanza, N5932C, a 1954 model Bonanza. The standard engine is the Continental E-185-11, with a 205HP take off rating and 185 HP continuous. The E model Bonanza was the first year the E-225-8 engine of 225HP was offerred optionally. The E model was the last year the Bonanza was manufactured with only two side windows. This airplane has the omni antenna below the tail. Also the Bonanza has a fiberglass tail cone which often housed the ADF loop antenna. This airplane has two long wire antennas, one going to each ruddervator, tied together at the front antenna mast then entering with a single lead in at the insulator in front of the windshield. This indicates the airplane is equipped with an ADF (very common for the period). This Bonanza is serial number D-3293. My thanks to Ron Davis for providing the image. B&W, about 168K, Added 11/24/06.
Inflight view of 1956 Beech G35 Bonanza, N4210D, serial number D-4415. The G model was the last Bonanza to use the Continental E Series engines. The G35 used the 225HP E-225-8 engine as standard. This airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 100K, Added 12/24/05.
Instrument Panel view of 1958 Beech J35 Bonanza, N8309D. This "J" model has a Narco VTR-2 Omnigator Mark II on the left side. Throw over control wheel in the normal pilot position. There is a Lear ADF-12 hidden behind the control wheel. Airplane is a 1958 model, serial number D-5428 and is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 76K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of 1959 Beech K35 Bonanza, N750B. The J and K models are my favorite Bonanza's. I believe this is serial number D-5726. B&W, about 36K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of 1960 Beech M35 Bonanza, N9535R. The K and M Bonanzas were very similar, but one change which occurred on the M model Bonanza was the factory use of high lift Horner wing tips.These tips are concave on the lower side. Beech built 400 M model Baonanzas. This is serial number D-6162, current on the FAA register as N844R. Beech Bonanzas used 4 different side window types. The early Bonanazas, through the E model, did not have a 3rd side window. From the F to the M model the small 3rd window, as with this airplane, was used. The N and P model Bonanzas used a larger "long look" 3rd window, and the S and V model Bonanzas used a 3rd window similar to the N and P models, but squared and slightly larger at the rear. This image is about 102K, Added 10/29/06.
Inflight view of 1961 Beech N35 Bonanza, N9899R, serial number D-6632. While this is a N model, this airplane actually has the paint scheme used by Beech on the 1962 P model Bonanza. The extended 3rd side window used on the N and P model Bonanzas is shown to good advantage. Image about 70K, Added 10/29/06.
Inflight view of Beech 33 Debonair, N831R. While the Debonair has a lower Beech model number, it came later is shown in this order for that reason. Beech model number is more accurately 35-33. The Debonair was introduced in 1960 as a lower cost version of the Bonanza. Some Bonanza features, such opening rear windows were deleted, engine power was reduced, the interior was more spartan, and outside paint was limited. This is serial number CD-3, built in 1959, still current on the FAA register. B&W, about 121K, Added 12/24/05.
Inflight view of Beech 33 Debonair, N652V, Beech construction number CD-54, built in 1960. Actual model designation is 35-33. This side view shows the Debonair during its first year of production. This airplane has the optional overall paint. Visible in this view are the fixed cowl flaps of the Debonair, the vertical stabilizer without the fairing and a fixed entry step. B&W, about 142K, Added 05/01/16.
Inflight view of Beech A33 Debonair, N355Z. This is a 1961 model A33. Here is a second view of the other side of N355Z. This Debonair has the optional small 3rd side window first available on the F35 Bonanza, and used through the M35 Bonanza. This is serial number CD-387, built in 1960 and current on the FAA register. B&W, about 82K, and 106K, Added 06/28/02.
Inflight view of Beech B33 Debonair, N829R. Here is a second view from the other side of N829R. This is a 1962 model B33 and it featured a new revised instrument panel. Earlier versions of the Debonair had the same instrument panel as the early Bonanzas. See the J35 instrument panel above. This airplane has a Motorola ADF-T-12B on top, with the middle being a King KX-130 Comm/Nav with glideslope, plus a lower KY-90 Comm. The King radios are tube type, the ADF is transistorized. At this time the Debonair is changing with amenities closer to that of the Bonanza. The B33, Beech model 35-B33, was built from late 1961 to 1964. B&W, about 41K, 106K and 131K respectively. Added 12/06/06.
Inflight view of Beech C33 Debonair, N8676Q. This is a 1965 model C33. This Debonair has the first type larger 3rd side window, the same as used on the N & P model Bonanza's. B&W, about 54K, Added 09/04/06.
Inflight view of Beech model 34 Twin Quad prototype feederliner, NX90521. The Twin Quad was powered by four 8 cylinder Lycoming engines. There was a pair of engines buried in each wing driving the 2 propellers through a gear box. The engine power train used clutches so that if any one engine failed the remaining engine in that wing continued to power the propeller. The Twin Quad was configured to seat 20 passengers. First flown in 1947, Beech marketing determined that the cost of the Twin Quad price was too high to compete with surplus Douglas DC-3's available after WWII. B&W, about 270K, Added 05/01/16.
Ground view of Beech YT-34 Mentor, USAF serial number 50-735, Beech serial number G-4, the first of three service test YT-34 Mentors. To the left of the propeller spinner, you can see the tail of one of the other contenders for the Air Force trainer, the Fairchild T-31. B&W, about 123K, Added 07/20/08.
Inflight view of Beech model 45 - T-34A Mentor, USAF serial number 52-7626, Beech serial number G-7, the first production T-34A Mentor. View from slightly below and from the rear. B&W, about 57K, Added 04/10/08.
Second inflight view of Beech model 45 - T-34A Mentor, USAF serial number 52-7626, Beech serial number G-7, the first production T-34A Mentor. View from about 1/2 front at the same height. B&W, about 86K, Added 05/31/08.
Inflight view of Flying Upside down T-34A Mentor, USAF serial number 53-3309, Beech serial number G-70. B&W, about 99K, Added 04/10/08.
Inflight view of Beech model 45, also known as the T-34B Mentor , US Navy bureau number 140667, Beech serial number BG-1. Differences between the A and B model are the missing filet below the rudder on the B model, and ARC omni antenna between the back of the canopy and the vertical stabilizer. Although originally sold mostly to the US and foreign military in the mid 1950's, many military Mentor aircraft are now on the civil register. Much later Beech would change to a turbine engine and change the designation to T-34C Mentor. B&W, about 96K, Added 12/24/05.
Inflight view of the Beech model 73 Jet Mentor, on the CAA register as N134B. Although designed to be a military trainer, the prototype was built as a private venture. Only one Jet Mentor was built, it used a Continental J-69-T9 920 pound thrust jet engine. Much of the airframe of the Jet Mentor directly from the T-34 mentor. B&W, about 92K, Added 05/31/08.
Shown here in flight is the Beech model 50 prototype, registered N3992N. This is Beech serial number H-1, first flown November 15, 1949. In this photograph the pilot is Steve Tuttle, and the individual in the right seat is engineer Ralph M. Harmon. B&W, about 72K, Added 07/04/06.
Here is a ground view of the Beech model 50 prototype, registered N3992N. This is Beech serial number H-1, first flown November 15, 1949. Note the airplane is equipped with plastic coated wooden propellers. Beech also used this type propeller on the model 35 Bonanza. B&W, about 129K, Added 07/11/10.
Inflight view of Beech model B50 Twin Bonanza, serial number CH-13, N42H, manufactured in 1953. Later registered as N75D, later yet as N758. B&W, about 144K, Added 10/03/15.
Nice Inflight view of U.S. Army Beech L23D Twin Bonanza, serial number 56-3698. Photo taken at the beginning of a 15,500 mile flight to Asia. B&W, about 122K, Added 07/20/08.
Ground view of 1955 Twin Bonanza C-50, serial number CH-331. Airplane is registered N3793B in this photo, the registration when manufactured in 1955. The airplane is currently registered N212G, and is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 108K, Added 08/14/10.
Very nice Inflight view of Beech G50 Twin Bonanza, N690T. This is a 1959 model, serial number GH-101, and it is still current on the US register. This image shows the original configuration with the cabin entrance door above the wing. Entry was by climbing up onto the wing as is common with most light low wing general aviation aircraft. The Twin Bonanza is lovingly referred to as the "T-Bone." B&W, about 141K, Added 02/23/06.
Inflight view of Beech D50E Twin Bonanza, N9950R. This is a 1961 D50E model, serial number DH-104. Note that Beech made a significant change with the D50E and J50 model Twin Bonanza's, in that entry is now via airstair door behind the wing. B&W, about 157K, Added 03/30/02.
Inflight view of Beech B55 Baron, N6272V. This is serial number TC-1043 built in 1967. The B55 Baron has two 260HP Continental engines. This airplane is current on the FAA register. Believe the Beech Baron has been in production longer than any other twin piston engine airplane. B&W, about 128K, Added 04/22/12.
Nice Inflight view of Beech 60 Duke, N360AK, c/n P-18 a 1968 model. B&W, about 94K, Added 07/26/13.
Beech 60 Duke Instrument Panel, N7277D. Airplane manufactured 1969, c/n P-112, B&W, about 227K, Added 07/26/13.
Nice Inflight view of Beech 65 Queen Air, N810Q, c/n LC-26, a 1960 model. Current on the FAA register. B&W, about 254K, Added 11/24/15.
Very nice Inflight view of Beech 65 Queen Air, N671B. Believe this is a 1960 or 1961 model. B&W, about 101K, Added 11/28/04.
Nice Inflight view of Beech 70 Queen Air, N7615N. Only thirty five model 70 Queen Air aircraft were built. Believe this is a 1969 model. B&W, about 206K, Added 07/26/13.
Beech 80 Queen Air Instrument Panel, N362Q when photographed. Serial number is LD-26, a 1962 model. As you can see a very well equipped airplane. Radios are ARC, weather radar is RCA. Airplane is current on the FAA register as N99FA. B&W, about 200K, Added 10/17/10.
Inflight view of Beech 65-90 King Air, N959B. The model 90 King Air went into production in 1964, and Beech continues to manufacture King Air's in 2013. The model 90 King Air has 3 passenger windows on each side. B&W, about 175K, Added 07/26/13.
Inflight view of Beech VC-6A King Air, USAF serial number 66-7943. This King Air was purchased by the USAF to support President Lyndon B. Johnson and members of his family transporting them between Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas (near Austin), and the Johnson family ranch (near Johnson City). During that time, the aircraft became informally known as the "Lady Bird Special." Today this airplane is at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, presidential aircraft collection. Color, about 121K, Added 04/28/14.
Inflight view of Beech 95 Travel Air, N343B. This is serial number TD-2 built in 1957. The Travelair has 2 180HP Lycoming engines. B&W, about 88K, Added 03/30/02.
Inflight view of the left side of a Beech 95 Travel Air, N367B. This is serial number TD-3 built in 1957. The Travelair has 2 180HP Lycoming engines. B&W, about 236K, Added 09/28/15.
Inflight view of Beech D95A Travel Air, N2705T. This is serial number TD-690 built in 1967. The Travel Air now has the longer 3rd window. Current on the FAA register. B&W, about 206K, Added 07/20/15.
Inflight view of Beech 100 King Air, N6100K. The model 100 King Air went into production in 1969. The model 100 King Air is a lengthened model 90 King Air with 5 passenger windows on each side. B&W, about 100K, Added 07/26/13.
Inflight view of of Bell 47G, N103B. N103B started out as a 47B s/n 23 at the Bell Aircraft plant in Niagara Falls, NY. It was later upgraded to a prototype 47D, 47D-1 and then to a 47G at Bell's Ft. Worth plant in 1953-4. It later became a 47G-2 and G-3 prototype, a rigid rotor demonstrator and on and on. This photo was taken at the Hurst plant in Ft. Worth. The Bell negative number is 203186. My thanks to Harry Gilliand, a Bell Helicopter Textron production test pilot for 22 years, for providing information about this helicopter. B&W, about 208K, Added 11/24/06.
Cockpit view of Bell 47G-2A, believed to be N8452E. At the time the 47G-2A was built helicopters rarely had any navigation radio capability. This helicopter is no exception. There is a Narco Mark 5 radio which has 90 transmitter frequencies, and 190 receiver frequencies. Althought the radio could tune the navigation frequencies, it didn't have an omni head. B&W, about 175K, Added 10/01/07.
Inflight view of Bell 47G-3B, N73218. This helicopter is serial number 2750, a 1962 model. It is currently active on the FAA register. B&W, about 96K, Added 09/17/08.
Ground view of Bell 47G-4A, N1186W. This helicopter is serial number 7501. This helicopter was later registered in Ecquador as HC-ASQ, then N3236G, and is currently registered in the U.K. as G-BLGR. B&W, about 283K, Added 09/04/06.
Ground view of Bell 47H, E27579. This helicopter is serial number 1350, manufactured in 1955. The "E" registration was used by Bell for helicopters intended for export. Bell built only 33 of the 3 place model 47H helicopters, it was quickly replaced by the more capable model 47J. B&W, about 67K, Added 10/01/07.
Inflight view of Bell 47J, N5197B, serial number 1724, first delivered in 1957. This helicopter is second helicopter configured to send live television signals while airborne back to the studio and named Telecopter. The first helicopter was a Bell 47G-2, which was used for only a limited time. Shortly after tests proved the concept viable, National Helicopter Service of Glendale, California, converted the more powerful J model (National Helicopter also configured the G-2 model) for Los Angeles television station KTLA, channel 5. Today you frequently see airborne live television from helicopter, this image shows the first practical use of airborne live television. My thanks to Harry Gilliand, a Bell Helicopter Textron production test pilot for 22 years, for corrections to the model, serial number and delivery date. B&W, about 62K, Added 09/04/06.
Inflight view of Bellanca Cruisair, NC74380. This is a 1947 model 14-13-2, serial number 1493, current on the FAA register. B&W, about 100K, Added 11/23/07.
Inflight view of Bellanca Cruisair, NC74441. This is a 1947 model 14-13-2, serial number 1554, current on the FAA register. B&W, about 75K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view of Brantley B-2B Helicopter, G-ATFH, c/n 449, manufactured in 1965. B&W, about 178K, Added 08/20/16.
Ground view of Camair 480 Twin Navion, N99W. The Camair 480 is a modification of either a North American, or Ryan built Navion. The original single engine is replaced with two Continental 240 HP engines. There are about 33 Camair 480's were converted. Conversion began in 1952, although the date on the FAA register is the original single engine Navion build date. B&W, about 92K, Added 08/02/12.
Ground view of Cessna C-165 Airmaster, NC32450, c/n 583, built in 1941. Due to poor depression era sales, Cessna was forced to cease operations by the board of directors in early 1931, even though the company was not bankrupt. Cessna did not build any airplanes from 1931 to 1933. Dwayne Wallace, nephew of Clyde Cessna, with his brother Dwight, helped get Cessna back to building airplanes in 1934. First airplane from Cessna was the C-34 Airmaster (1934 model year). Cessna built the C-34, C-37, C-38, C-145 and C-165 series of Airmaster aircraft. Power for the Airmaster C-165 is the Warner Super Scarab 165HP eninge. This particular airplane was known as "Dwane's airplane." Dwayne Wallace was president of Cessna from 1936, when Clyde Cessna retired, until 1964. He then became chairman of the board of Cessna until 1975 when he retired, continuing as a consultant until 1983. Wallace died in 1989. This airplane is registered to Velma (Lunt) Wallace, widow of Dwane Wallace and currently located in the Mid-America Air Museum, Liberal, Kansas. Cessna built 38 C-165 Airmasters. B&W, about 58K, Added 04/21/13.
Very nice ground view of the Prototype Cessna T-50. This view shows the airplane after changes were made to bring it to production standard. This airplane is Cessna construction number 1000, NC20784. B&W, about 93K, Added 06/29/07.
Inflight view of Cessna T-50 Bobcat, 42-58125, Cessna c/n 3616. Actually this is the military version of the Cessna T-50, known as the C-78, later redesignated as the UC-78. A large number of these wartime Cessna UC-78's found there way into civilian hands after WWII. Most famous of the civilian Cessna T-50's was Sky King's "Song Bird." If anyone knows where I can purchase an 8x10 print of Sky King's T-50 please contact me at email@example.com. B&W, about 59K, Added 01/01/02.
A second inflight view of Cessna T-50 Bobcat, 42-58125, Cessna c/n 3616. This view is from a lower angle than the image above. B&W, about 49K, Added 05/01/12.
Ground view of Cessna T-50 UC-78 Bobcat, 43-7522, Cessna c/n 5042. B&W, about 98K, Added 05/19/12.
View of a Cessna T-50 Bobcat, military UC-78, Instrument Panel. Unfortunately I can't read the radio call sign to identify this specific airplane. There are some differences in this panel and the standard instrument panel from Cessna. The flight instruments have been regrouped in front of the pilot. All instruments to the right of the throttle quadrant are in the standard position, as are all electrical switches. B&W, about 138K, Added 07/29/09.
Ground view of Cessna T-50 Bobcat, NC59520. This was one of many used as feeder liners after WWII. You may also see the Cessna T-50 referred to as the "Bamboo Bomber." Most of its contruction was spruce, not bamboo. B&W, about 43K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view of Cessna 120, NC41686. This was Cessna's post WWII trainer. The 120 did not have the flaps, electrical or extra rear window of the similar model 140. Some model 120's were modified to have these features later in life. B&W, about 77K, Added 01/01/02.
Two additional ground views of Cessna 120 NC41686 with lovely lady pilots. view 1 of Cessna 120 NC41686 is a side view. NC41686 is Cessna contruction number 8003, and I believe one of the model 120 prototypes. view 2 of Cessna 120 NC41686 is a one half front view. Images are both B&W, about 211K and 197K respectively. Added 08/20/16.
Ground view of Cessna 120, N3750V. From this side view you readily see the missing rear window compared to the Cessna 140. B&W, about 146K, Added 03/30/02.
Ground view of Cessna 140, NC41684. Cessna construction number 8001. This was Cessna's other post WWII trainer. The 140 was a luxury version of the 120, with flaps, electrical and an extra rear window. This particular image was a Cessna publicity shot for an ad. B&W, about 45K, Added 01/01/02.
Early Cessna 140 instrument panel. This first view shows a cockpit view with a lady pilot. This second view is of the instrument panel itself. The radio, a General Electric AS-1B, is mounted in the standard location for the time, at the lower right. B&W, about 76K and 65K respectively, Added 01/01/10.
Ground view of Cessna 140, NC2522N. Airplane on skiis. B&W, about 256K, Added 08/20/16.
Ground view of Cessna 140, NC72141. Cessna c/n 9308. B&W, about 222K, Added 08/20/16.
Very nice inflight view of Cessna 140, unable to read the registration. B&W, about 181K, Added 08/20/16.
Inflight view of Cessna 140, NC77260. Nice inflight view of the Cessna 140. Cessna c/n 11722. B&W, about 68K, Added 06/21/08.
Advertisement view of Cessna 140 with lady standing next to the ship. B&W, about 94K, Added 01/01/10.
Inflight view of Cessna 140A, N5320C. This is the later "A" model 140 with single strut, the wing being very similar in design to the Cessna model 170A. B&W, about 38K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view of Cessna 140A, N9430A, c/n 15251. This 140A is tied down under the wing of a Consolidated B-36 Peacemaker. B&W, about 159K, Added 11/29/12.
Inflight view of 1960 Cessna 150, which I believe this is c/n 17684, N7884E. The 1959 Cessna 150 marked Cessna's return to the training airplane market since Cessna discontinued production of the model 140A. The 1959 and 1960 year model 150's both have the smaller rear window with a rounded back end. B&W, about 239K, Added 01/30/15.
Ground view of Cessna 150A, N34268, c/n 628. This airplane is listed by the FAA as being built in 1959, this is the prototype for the later 1961 "A" model 150. This is the first model 150 having a larger, more square rear window, landing gear moved aft 2 inches from the first Cessna 150, and empty weight reduced 12 pounds. B&W, about 239K, Added 02/15/15.
Inflight view of Cessna 150A, N34268, c/n 628. This is the later 1961 "A" model 150 which differed from the first model 150 in having a larger, more square rear window. Airplane current on the FAA register. B&W, about 115K, Added 04/12/06.
Cessna 150A through 150F Instrument Panel View. The first Cessna 150 instrument panel used in the 1959 and 1960 model Cessna 150's had center mounted instruments with radios at the lower left and lower right. This is the second type Cessna 150 instrument panel with center mounted radios. This instrument panel was used from the 1961 Cessna model 150A thorugh the 1966 Cessna model 150F. This particular instrument was installed in a 1964 Cessna 150D. B&W, about 259K, Added 07/10/16.
Inflight view of 1962 Cessna 150B, N7086X. The rear window is squared and the navigation lights in the wingtip fairs into the tip fairing. B&W, about 217K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Cessna 150D, N5420E. With the 1964 model year Cessna introduced a major change to the 150 series airplanes. The rear fuselage was cut down and a rear window Added. This was called "Omni Vision" by Cessna. The 1964 & 1965 years are the only model 150 with Omni Vision and a straight vertical stabilizer. My thanks to Tom Cowdogn for correcting the years of the straight tail omni vision 150. This is Cessna construction number 644, it is still active on the FAA register. B&W, about 106K, Added 09/17/08.
Inflight view of 1968 Cessna 150H, N2560Q. The vertical stabilizer and rudder are now swept with "Omni Vision" back windows. Going forward Cessna 150 and 152 airplanes have this same configuration. B&W, about 267K, Added 05/10/16.
Ground view of Cessna 170A, N9197A, construction number 18958, manufactured in 1949. Look closely to see the small metal flaps unique to the "A" model 170. This is a Cessna publicity photo with a pretty lady. Current on the FAA register. B&W, about 268K, Added 06/14/16.
Water view of Cessna 170A, N41693. This airplane is equipped with floats and is shown on the water. The "A" model introduced the all metal wing with small flaps. B&W, about 190K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of Cessna 170B, N41698. The "B" model 170 introduced the large "Para Lift" flaps found on all later Cessna single piston engine airplanes. B&W, about 85K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight side view of Cessna 170B, N41698. B&W, about 164K, Added 02/20/16.
Ground side view of Cessna 170B, N41698. B&W, about 111K, Added 06/02/13.
Cessna 170 Instrument Panel view. This instrument panel view shows the "piano key" type switches used shortly after WWII. Radio is a Lear LTRA-5, the elevator trim wheel is on the floor between the seats along with the flap handle. NOTE the lady has her hand on a venier propeller control. Cessna 170's were delivered from the factory with fixed pitch propellers, so this airplane apparently has a controllable or constant speed propeller installed. The throttle is standard push pull above the propeller control, obscured by the co-pilot control wheel. B&W, about 144K, Added 06/24/09.
Ground view of Cessna 170B, N1902C. This "B" model 170B is construction number 26047, built very late 1953, or early 1954. B&W, about 64K, Added 12/01/11.
Ground view of Cessna 170B, N3420D. This "B" model 170B is construction number 26963. You can see the larger cord metal "Paralift" flaps introduced with the model 170B. More easily seen in this view is the squared rear window introduced with the 1956 model Cessna 170B. B&W, about 185K, Added 06/14/16.
Very nice inflight view of Cessna 170B, N3420D. This "B" model 170B is construction number 26963, built in late 1955, it was painted by Cessna with the 1956 Cessna 170B paint scheme and used by Cessna for marketing the 1956 model 170B. Not easily seen in this view is the more squared rear window. B&W, about 65K, Added 01/06/07.
Inflight view of an early Cessna 172, N1957C. I believe this is the 1957 model year 172 (note the registration number), the first prodcution year for the 172. This is the basic 172 model without wheel pants or complete exterior paint. B&W, about 75K, Added 12/24/05.
View of a 1958 Cessna 172 Instrument Panel installed on N4189F, contruction number 46089. Airplane is equipped for IFR flight with full gyro panel. Pilot control wheel has a crudely installed radio transmitter push to talk switch. Radio to the right and below the pilot control is a Narco VHT-3 Superhomer (white face on the radio). The Narco Superhomer has a 12 channel transmitter and a tunable receiver with a built in VFR omni. Probably the most popular general aviation radio in the 1950's. The radio to the left and below the pilot ccontrol wheel is a Motorola M400 (I believe, it is difficult to see) with an IFR omni indicator in the panel to the right of the altimeter. This radio had a single frequency selector for both COM (360 channels, 118.00 to 135.95 MHz) and NAV (200 channels, 108.00 to 117.95 MHz). Once the frequency selector was tuned to a NAV frequency the transmitter was automatically set to 122.1 MHz to transmit to a Flight Service Station. The single frequency selector kept the cost of the radio down. The Motorola M400 came out about 1964 when this photo was taken. B&W, about 237K, Added 03/01/17.
Ground view of Cessna 172, N8516B. This airplane original built in 1957, was updated to the 1959 model year 172, the last with the square tail. This airplane is serial number 36216. B&W, about 122K, Added 12/26/12.
Inflight view of Cessna 172, N8516B. This is the 1959 model year 172, the last with the square tail. Airplane shown has wheel pants, which normally means it is the Skyhawk version of the model 172. However without complete overall paint, this is still the 172 and not the Skyhawk. This airplane is serial number 36216. B&W, about 88K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Cessna 172, N6252E, serial number 46352. This is the 1959 model year 172. My thanks to Charles Culp who owns N6252E for this image. Color, about 26K. Added 03/14/10.
View of Cessna 172B Skyhawk Instrument Panel. Aircraft is N7648X, a 1960 model configured with the optional Skyhawk features. This is construction number c/n 17248148, which was later reregistered and current on the FAA register as N172NX. Airplane is well equipped for 1960 with a full blind flying instrumentation, plus a King KX-130 radio (radio on right) which has 360 communications frequencies, plus 100 navigation frequencies and a built in 10 channel glideslope receiver. The KX-130 drives the KI210 VOR/LOC/ILS converter at the bottom of the instrument panel partially blocked by the control lock. Airplane also has a King KX-150B radio (left radio) with 100 communications frequences, 100 navigation frequencies, and a built in omni-localizer indicator. Below the KX-150B is a 3 light marker beacon, and to the right of the marker beacon a radio switch panel. The 1960 Cessna 175 Skylark used the same instrument panel. B&W, about 158K, Added 07/18/09.
Inflight view of Cessna 172B Skyhawk, N34270. This is the 1961 model year 172B, showing the swept tail first introduced on the 1960 model. Airplane shown is serial number 172630. A Skyhawk model of the model 172 which can be identified externally by overall paint and wheel pants. This airplane is currently on the US registry. Beginning in 1963 Cessna introduced the "Omni Vision" fuselage on the 172. B&W, about 63K, Added 01/1/02.
Inflight view of Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N5767R. Built in 1965, it is serial number 17253436, but is considered the 1966 model year. This version of the 172 had all the major changes including "omni vision" and swept tail which Cessna has continued with ever since. The 172G still uses the Continental O-300 engine of 145 HP, while later airplanes would use Lycoming engines. This airplane is currently on the US registry. B&W, about 65K, Added 06/21/09.
Inflight view of Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N5250R. Built in 1974 as a 1975 model 172 Skyhawk II, serial number is 17263464. This 1975 year falls outside my original intent, however the Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a most popular airplane. At this time Cessna has switched to using the Lycoming O-320 engine. Note the different, larger rear passenger windows. B&W, about 113K, Added 04/22/11.
Interior views of the 1975 Cessna 172M Skyhawk II. First interior view is of the Instrument Panel. This airplane is equipped with Cessna, formerly ARC, radios, and modern, smaller gyros. B&W, about 126K. Second interior view is of the seating arrangement. B&W, about 79K. Added 04/22/11.
Ground views of 1958 Cessna 175 Skylark N7114M. Ground view 1 - 3/4 right front side, B&W, about 113K. Ground view 2 - 1/2 left front side, B&W, about 171K. Added 08/09/13.
Inflight view of Cessna 175, N7114M. Built in 1958, it is serial number 55414, but it is a 1959 model year airplane. This is representative of the first model 175's with the straight vertical stabilizer. This airplane is current on the FAA register. This is a model 175 rather than a Sklark due to the lack of overeall paint, it does have, for the model 175, the optional wheel fairings. Model 175's from the factory were equipped with a geared Continental GO-0300 engine of 175 HP. This airplane is now equipped with a Franklin engine. B&W, about 65K, Added 03/31/10.
Inflight view of Cessna 175, N34260. This is the 1960 model year 175. This image shows a 175 painted in the standard paint scheme. This airplane is serial number 619, originally built in 1959 with a straight vertical stabilizer, it was the prototype swept tail 175. My thanks to Richard Swartz who provided the photograph, and detailed information about this airplane which he now owns. B&W, about 101K, Added 07/31/07.
Inflight view of Cessna 175, N34265. This is the 1961 model year 175. This airplane is the deluxe version named Skylark. Engine is a Continental geared GO-300 producing 175 HP. B&W, about 39K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of Cessna 177 Cardinal, N3766C, c/n 661. This is the second prototype shown in the standard 1968 paint scheme. Full paint and wheel pants make this a Cardinal model. The 1968 Cessna 177/Cardinal was equipped with a 150HP Lycoming O-320 engine. Later year versions of the 177/Cardinal have the Lycoming O-360 of 180HP. B&W, about 119K, Added 01/11/15.
View of an early Cessna 180 instrument panel view. The radio is a Lear LTRA-6 positioned at the lower left. Above the radio, immediately to the left of the altimeter, is the Lear Omniscope. The Lear Omni scope was a cathode ray tube (CRT) which displayed a circular pattern, with a blip on the circle to show the omni station radial you were on. B&W, about 98K, Added 01/01/10.
Inflight view of Cessna 180, N5387D. This is a 1959 model 180. B&W, about 58K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view of Cessna 180, N5387D. This is the same 1959 model 180 airplane as above showing a ground view. B&W, about 91K, Added 10/05/05.
Inflight view of Cessna 182 Skylane, registration not visible. This is a 1958 model year Skylane. B&W, about 43K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Cessna 182B, N4054D. This is a 1959 model year 182. Note this airplane was built in 1958 but is a 1959 model 182. Also note that with the model 182 Cessna applied only partial paint, remainder being natural aluminum, and no wheel pants. See the next image, also of N4054D but this time with the full paint scheme of the Cessna 182 Sklane, which also has the wheel pants. Airplane is current on the FAA register. Right side view of the airplane. B&W, about 126K, Added 08/14/10.
Inflight view of Cessna 182B Skylane, N4054D. This is a 1959 model year Skylane, the last year with the straight vertical stabilizer. This airplane is Cessna serial number 34754, current on the US register. Note that this is the same airplane as the previous image, however at this time the airplane now has a full paint scheme and wheel pants of the Sklane. In addition there is a Grimes rotating beacon on the top of the vertical stabilizer which is not on the basic model 182. Left side view of the airplane. B&W, about 79K, Added 11/02/05.
Ground view of Cessna 182B Skylane, N4054D. B&W, about 41K, Added 05/07/13.
View of the 1959 Cessna 182B Skylane Instrument Panel. Registration identification not visible. Radio in center is a Narco Mark V, with a CS-5 VOR/ILS indicator below the artifical horizon, a Narco Mark 2 Omnigator in the middle, and a Narco LFR-3 low frequency receiver (NOT an Automatic Direction Finder, receiver only), on the right. Gyros are remanufactured WWII units typical of all light general aviation aircraft of the period. B&W, about 148K, Added 05/19/12.
Inflight view of Cessna 182D Skylane, N2323G. This is a 1960 model year Skylane, the first with the swept vertical stabilizer. This year a third window was Added for increased visibility. This airplane is Cessna serial number 51623, and it is current on the US register. B&W, about 67K, Added 11/02/05.
Inflight view of Cessna 182H Skylane, N2306X. This airplane was built in 1965, serial number 18256206, one of 840 built by Cessna in 1965. This version of the Skylane has all the major changes Cessna would make to the 182, swept tail, "omni vision." This airplane is current on the U.S. register. B&W, about 86K, Added 06/21/09.
Inflight view of Cessna 185 Skywagon, N34272. This is a 1961 model year Skywagon. Note the model 185 evolved from the model 180. Note the larger dorsal fin, and extra window on each compared to the model 180. B&W, about 75K, Added 10/05/05.
view of a Cessna 195 on pontoons on the water. Believe this was a Cessna advertising photograph. Lady standing on the pontoon didn't come with the airplane. B&W, about 208K, Added 04/02/15.
Inflight view of Cessna 195A, N1518D, c/n 7740, built in 1951. The Cessna 195A uses the Jacobs L4 /R755-7 radial engine. B&W, about 48K, Added 06/12/13.
Inflight view of Cessna 195, N30758. Back of the photo I scanned this from says this is a 1953 A195. The A195 was powered by a Jacobs R-755-9. Since Cessna's contract with Jacob's was completed, the engine had to be furnished by the customer! B&W, about 48K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of 1965 Cessna P206 Super Skylane, N2501X, serial number P206-0001. Cessna developed the models 205 and 206 as utility airplanes, with the 206 called the Super Skywagon. Later took the 206 and made it into the P206 which has a passenger interior, lacks the double cargo door, instead has a third left side passenger door. So changed into the P206 it is named the Super Skylane, and accomodates 6 passengers. Continental 285 HP engine. This is the 1965 model. B&W, about 86K, Added 06/21/09.
View of a 1967 Cessna model U206 Super Skywagon Instrument Panel. At the top of the radio stack is a Cessna 300 Comm radio, below that is a Cessna 300 Nav receiver, below that a Cessna 300 Navmatic autopilot, and at the bottom of the radio stack is a Cessna 300 Comm/Nav radio. To the right of the co-pilot control wheel is a Cessna 300 Automatic Direction Finder (ADF). Note the absence of a transponder. B&W, about 247K, Added 02/01/16.
Inflight view of 1967 Cessna U206 Super Skywagon, N2458F. The Super Skywagon is an utility airplane with the 42 inch wide double wide cargo doors, capable of carrying 6 adults. B&W, about 137K, Added 05/10/16.
Inflight view of 1960 Cessna 210, N1296. Cessna began work on the model 210 by modifying 2 Cessna 182's with retractable landing gear in 1958. I have seen photos of N1296 with 3 different vertical stabilizers. These first prototypes had the straight tails of the 182's of the time. Later a swept tail was Added, but different than that shown. The photo here reflects the first prodcution year, 1960, model 210. B&W, about 54K, Added 12/24/05.
Inflight view of a 1961 Cessna 210A, N1296. As you may notice this is the same registration number as the 1960 model 210 above, as well as the first prototypes with 182 type tails. I suspect, but don't know, that Cessna retained N1296 for development work. The 1961 model has an additional side window on each side. About 191K, B&W, Added 11/04/06.
Inflight view of 1965 Cessna 210E, N2311F. The model 210 now has "Omni Vision" window configuration, and is now called "Centurion" by Cessna. Also the original 260HP engine is now replaced by a 285HP Continental engine. B&W, about 63K, Added 12/24/05.
Inflight view of Cessna 305, better known as the L-19 Bird Dog, Army serial number 56-2647 is more accurately a L-19E, and after the 1962 Department of Defense standardized aircarft nomenclature between the services, it became the O-1E Bird Dog. Equiped with a 213 HP Continental O-470-11 engine and fixed pitch propeller. The O-1E was used widely by the Air Force and Army in Vietnam. B&W, about 115K, Added 12/24/05.
Inflight view of Cessna CH-1A helicopter, registration N5156. This is the second prototype helicopter built by Cessna. This view shows the helicopter after the original horizontal stabilizer has been added. Note the smaller size compared to the CH-1C production version in the image below. This helicopter first flew in 1954. B&W, about 275K, Added 06/01/15.
Inflight view of Cessna CH-1C helicopter, registration N5701. Cessna only built one type of helicopter, approximately 40 aircraft total. While flight characteristics were reported as very good, the CH-1C was not a commercial success. Eventually Cessna bought back the helicopters from the owners and scrapped them, which allowed Cessna to cancel the Approved Type Certificate, 3H10 with the FAA. B&W, about 83K, Added 12/21/11.
Nice Inflight view of 1954 Cessna 310, N37879 (per the wing), but checking the vertical stabilizer with a magnifying glass on the photograph indicates the registration may be N37978. N37879 was the second prototype Cessna 310. This photograph shows the airplane with the initial 1954 production paint scheme. B&W, about 260K, Added 05/17/02.
Very nice Inflight view of 1954 Cessna 310, N37879. Same airplane as the view immediately above, however this photograph is taken at a slightly higher angle. B&W, about 240K, Added 02/16/16.
Here is a ground view of 1954 Cessna 310, N37879 the second prototype Cessna 310. This photograph shows the airplane with the initial 1954 production paint scheme. My thanks to Don Slape for scanning the photograph. B&W, about 145K, Added 3/05/05.
Very nice inflight view of 1957 Cessna 310, N500E. B&W, about 78K, Added 01/01/12.
Nice inflight view of USAF Cessna L-27A, Cessna model 310A, USAF serial number 57-5847, Cessna c/n 38002. The USAF renamed it the U-3A in 1958, well before the Department of Defense renaming of 1962. Cessna built a total of 160 L-27/U-3A (a military version only) in two batches of 80 aircraft each batch. The popular USAF name was "The Blue Canoe." B&W, about 133K, Added 05/07/15.
Beautiful inflight view of 1958 Cessna 310B, N5348A. This particular 1958 model year 310B became famous on the television show Sky King, where it was named the "Song Bird II." B&W, about 92K, Added 01/01/02.
Interior view of a 1959 Cessna 310C. This interior view shows the optional lounge first available on the 1959 310C. Lounge can seat 2, or 1 if lying down. This airplane also has the optional wooden writing table on the back of the co-pilot seat, as well as optional adjustable head rests. Photo dated 12/07/58, B&W, about 175K. Added 05/13/10.
Very fine inflight view of the 1960 Cessna 310D, N34262. This is the first year the model 310 has a swept back vertical stabilizer. Note the top of the engine nacelles. Beginning with the 310C, the top of the nacelles extend all the way to the trailing edge of the wing, which resulted in a quieter cabin. Although never used in the television series that I am aware of, Sky King would have a 310D, N6917T, as the "Song Bird III." B&W, about 75K, Added 12/24/05.
Instrument Panel view of a 1960 Cessna 310D. The 310D usually had ARC crystal controlled radios. This airplane has a Collins 618F-1 on top of the radio stack, with a DARE (Dayton Aircraft Radio Equipment) ADF, with what appears to be at the lower left of the radio stack a Collins control head for a nav radio, and at the lower right an ARC tunable NAV radio. Below and to the right of the pilot control wheel is a King KY-90 transiever. Below the throttle quadrant is a Lear Deluxe L-2 autopilot control head. B&W, about 163K, Added 01/26/12.
Inflight view of USAF Cessna U-3B Cessna model 310E, USAF serial number 60-6047, Cessna c/n 310M-0002 with the popular name of "The Blue Canoe." Cessna built 36 of the 310E (a military version only) which now has an extra window on each side. Cessna included the small type extra rear side window beginning with the civil model 310F. B&W, about 110K, Added 05/07/15.
Inflight view of 1965 Cessna 310J, N3001L. The 310 has the extended rear window, wing lockers for baggage, along with the canted wing tip tanks. This is Cessna serial number 310J0001, and is current on the FAA register with the registration N310EE. B&W, about 178K, Added 10/03/10.
1962 Cessna 320 Skynight Instrument Panel view, N34262. This is the first Cessna 320 Skynight which was converted from the 1960 Cessna 310D N34262. Other than the logo on the control wheels the 310D and this 320 have the same instrument panel. This panel is equipped with the high end ARC (Aircraft Radio Corporation) avionics identified as a Group 1 electronics. At the top left of the radion stack is an ARC Type 210 360 channel tranciever, on the top right is an ARC Type 25A 360 channel transmitter (no receiver), in the middle is the ARC Type 21A Automatic Direction Finder, at the lower left is an ARC Type 15F Naviagation (covers both navigation and communications frequencies), at the lower right is a second ARC Type 15F. Each ARC Type 15F included a VOR/ILS indicator although only one Type 15F was equipped with an ARC R31A glide slope. Also incuded was an ARC type R33A marker beacon with the marker beacon lights to the left of the airspeed indicator. This electronic package weighed 156 pounds, and required 19 amps of continuous power and added about $21,000 to the price. Below the throttles is a Lear L-2 autopilot deluxe controller with an optional Glide Path approach coupler and altitude hold. The Lear autopilot added 50 pounds and cost an extra $5,000 to the cost of the airplane. B&W, about 350K, Added 07/10/16.
Inflight view of 1966 Cessna 320D, N4102T. The 320 was developed from the 310 with turbo superchargers to give the airplane high altitude capabiility. This is Cessna serial number 320D0002. B&W, about 147K, Added 10/03/10.
Ground view of 1963 Cessna 336, N3816U, construction number 336-0116, and is current on the FAA register. The 336 was unique in having a "push pull" engine arrangement. This arrangement provided "center line thrust" which eliminated asymetric thust with one engine out. The FAA Added a new multi engine rating "limited to CLT aircraft." The model 336 has a fixed landing gear. The next Cessna CLT airplane was the model 337 which has a retractable landing gear. B&W, about 52K, Added 05/07/13.
Inflight view of 1963 Cessna 336, N34273. B&W, about 50K, Added 06/02/13.
Inflight view of 1965 Cessna 411, N7301U, serial number 411-0001. The 411 was the first of the Cessna 400 series twins. Major differences included a larger fuselage with a 2 piece air stair door, with 6 to 8 seats depending on the interior selected by the customer. Gross weight 6,500 pounds, Continental 340 HP geared engines. B&W, about 89K, Added 06/21/09.
Inflight view of the Prototype Pressurized Cessna 421, N3758C. Believe this is Cessna c/n 657 which started out as the first model 411 (which was Cessna's first series 400 airplane), later converted to the first model 421. This airplane was lost when it undershot a runway in high winds, no injuries. When it was converted from the prototype 411, to the prototype 421, the type of airplane was listed as (P)411. Believe the "P" in the model type stood for pressurized model 411. B&W, about 148K, Added 09/18/16.
At the time, 1965, the model 421 was the top of the line of Cessna aircraft. Here are some interior views of the model 421. Normal seating was for two in the cockpit, with four seats in a club configuration in the cabin. This view is taken from behind the club seating looking forward toward the cockpit. Folding tables between each set of club seats. B&W, about 312K, Added 09/18/16. View taken from the front club seats looking aft with the privacy curtin open. B&W, about 312K,Added 09/18/16. Another view taken from the front club seats looking aft with the privacy curtin closed. B&W, about 306K,Added 09/18/16. View believe taken from the main door looking aft into the toilet and refreshment area behind the blub seats. The potty is why a privacy screen is needed. B&W, about 367K,Added 09/18/16.
Inflight view of the Pressurized 1965 Cessna 421, N4001L, serial number 421-0001. The 421 was the second pressurized airplane manufactured by Cessna. The first pressurized airplane by Cessna was the four engine model 620 of which only a single example was manufactured in 1956. The model 421 was first flown in October 1965 with development during 1965 to 1966, with first production deliveries in late 1967. The same airplane was then used by Cessna to develope the model 421A for 1969. B&W, about 232K, Added 02/20/16.
Inflight view of the Pressurized 1956 Cessna 620, registration N620E, serial number 620. The Cessna 620 performed well, however in the late 1950's as turbine engined airliners, such as the Viscount, replaced piston engine airliners, the piston powered airliners became available at low cost. Cessna, who estimated the cost of a four engine model 620 at $375,000 decided it couldn't compete with the now available piston engine airliners that were coming on to the used market. Cessna decided to cancel the model 620 program. The model 620 was powered by four Continental GSO-526-A engines each of 350 horse power, with a gross weight of 13,650 pounds. B&W, about 159K, Added 04/01/17.
Ground view of Champion 7FC Tri-Traveler. This is c/n 7FC-245, N7537E, manufactured in 1958. The Tri-Traveler is development of the Aeronca 7. Aeronca discontinued production in 1951 and sold production rights to the model 7 to Champion Aircraft in 1954. Champion developed the tri-cycle gear Champ in 1957, and continued production until 1964, with about 470 manufactured. This airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 130K, Added 03/01/14.
Ground view of Champion 402 Lancer. This is c/n 402-14, N9956Y, manufactured in 1963. The Lancer was designed to be a low cost multi engine trainer. Two Continental O-200 engines with fixed pitch propellers. Airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 42K, Added 10/13/13.
Ground view of Champion 7KCAB Citabria. This is c/n 124, N1621G, manufactured in 1968. This airplane is now registered N63SA. The Citabria is a strengthened Champ stressed for airbatic maneuvers. The word airbatic spelled backwards is Citabria. Airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 269K, Added 10/01/16.
Ground side view of Culver PQ-8-CL. This is s/n 41-19539, manufactured in 1941. The PQ-8 was a manned target aircraft which could also be flown as a drone. The PQ-8 originated from the 1939 Culver LFA, some 200 were built. Aircraft used a fixed tri-cycle landing gear with an O-200 engine. B&W, about 87K, Added 03/01/14.
Ground view of Culver TD2C-1, U.S. Navy bureau number 75800. Some 1,348 PQ-14A's were ordered from Culver by the USAAF. From the total 1,348 PQ-14A aircraft ordered by the USAAF, 1,201 PQ-14A aircraft were transferred to the Navy who designated it as the TD2C-1. The PQ-14A/TD2C-1 was powered by a 150 hp Franklin O-300-11 engine, and with its retractable landing gear had a top speed of 180 mph. B&W, about 65K, Added 03/01/14.
Inflight view of Culver Model V. This is c/n V-3, registered NX44504. The model V was a post WWII development of the PQ-8 and used a retractable tri-cycle landing gear with a Continental C-85 engine. B&W, about 85K, Added 03/01/14.
Inflight view of Culver Model V. This is c/n V-11, 1946 registered NC44514. About 400 Culver model V aircraft were built after WWII. B&W, about 280K, Added 03/01/14.
Ground view of de Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth, first to the RAF as K2585 c/n 1757. I beleive this is the 20th Tiger Moth built. My thanks to Colin Sayce whose homepage is Airshowphotomania.com for this photo. B&W, about 419K, Added 12/03/16.
Inflight view of de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, c/n 3858. First to the RAF N6545, then G-AMTV at one time Belgium registration OO-SOE, once again G-AMTV. My thanks to Colin Sayce whose homepage is Airshowphotomania.com for this photo. B&W, about 290K, Added 12/03/16.
Ground view of de Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover, registration VH-DHA. This is the prototype DHA-3 Drover which first flew in 1949. The Drover is most famous with its use by the Australlian Royal Flying Doctor Service, who used the Drover to provide medical services to those in living the Australian outback. B&W, about 125K, Added 04/28/14.
Inflight view of de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. This is c/n 1317, U.S. Army serial number 58-1993. The Beaver is probably the most recognized bush plane in the world. B&W, about 95K, Added 07/20/13.
Ground view of Ercoupe Model 415C, NC86966. This airplane is serial number 139, an early post WWII production airplane built in late November 1945. The Ercoupe would later be sold as the Forney Aircoupe. Almost all Ercoupes were manufactured as a two control airplane. Moving the control wheel fore and aft moved the elevator. Turning the control wheel left and right simultaneously operated the mechanically linked ailerons and rudders. A kit was made available in the late 1940's to remove the interlink and add rudder pedals. Ercoupe rudders move out 20 degrees, but only 3 degrees in, so there limited area is of marginal effectiveness at normal landing speed, so a "crab" landing was still the norm. Most Ercoupe owners decided to retain the normal two control operation. My thanks to William Bayne, director of the Texas Ercoupe Museum for additional information on the Ercoupes images on this page. B&W, about 84K, Added 03/30/02.
Ercoupe Instrument Panel view 1. Note there are only 3 flight insturments, a compass at the top middle, the airspeed indicator immediately to the left of the compass, and a non-sentive altimeter immediately to the right of the compass. Four engine instruments, a tachometer, oil pressure and oil temperature, plus an ammeter. My thanks to William Bayne, director of the Texas Ercoupe Museum for this instrument panel view. B&W, about 148K, Added 02/18/07.
Ercoupe Instrument Panel view 2. This instrument panel is very similar to the view 1 above. Differences are this airplane is equipped with a radio which replaces the left side glove compartment box. This airplane has an unusual airspeed indicator which wraps around. Take a look at book instrument panel views and you can see the Ercoupe did NOT have any rudder peddals. My thanks to William Bayne, director of the Texas Ercoupe Museum for this instrument panel view. B&W, about 132K, Added 02/18/07.
Ground view of Ercoupe Model 415C, NC15692. This particular example has a Beech controllable pitch propeller. The Beech propeller was controled either by an electric motor, or in this case by a hand crank above the windshield. This is serial number 1, presently owned by the Smithsonian and under restoration for future display. B&W, about 76K, Added 04/12/06.
Very nice inflight view of Ercoupe Model 415C, NC93315. This is a 1946 model Ercoupe, serial number 638. This airplane is a two control airplane, that is elevator and aileron, there are no rudder pedals. B&W, about 84K, Added 11/28/04.
Ercoupe Model 415C, NC94182. This is a 1946 model Ercoupe, photo is dated 7/15/46. Note that the side windows are completely lowered, giving air flow during a summer day. B&W, about 141K, Added 05/13/10.
Ground view of Fairchild model 24R9, the R in the designation indicates this Fairchild 24 is equiped with a Ranger inlline engine, while the 9 after the W indicates it is a 1939 model, registration NC19179. B&W, about 82K, Added 06/30/13.
Ground view of Fairchild model 24W9, the W in the designation indicates this Fairchild 24 is a Warner Scarab radial engine, while the 9 after the W indicates it is a 1939 model, registration NC18684. The Fairchild 24 was manufactured between 1938 and 1947, with either the Warner Scarab radial engine of 200HP, or the Ranger 6-410-B3 inline engine of 175HP. This particular 24 has the Warner Scarab radial engine. B&W, about 148K, Added 06/30/13.
Inflight view of Fairchild model 24R40, this is a 1941 model, serial number 424. The Fairchild 24 was manufactured with either the Warner Scarab radial engine of 200HP, or the Ranger 6-410-B3 inline engine of 175HP. This particular 24 has the inline Ranger engine. B&W, about 82K, Added 06/21/12.
Ground view of Funk F-2B model B85C, registration NC81123, serial number 253, this is a 1946 model, current on the FAA register. B&W, about 205K, Added 12/08/14.
An inflight view of Funk F-2B model B85C, registration NC81123, this is a 1946 model, serial number 253, current on the FAA register. B&W, about 36K, Added 02/01/11.
Ground view of Globe Swift, NC3322K. Caption is now updated from information from Mr. Cotton Conder e-mail FiveNoTrmp@aol.com, a former Globe employee, via Denis Arbeau, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, of the Globe Temco Swift Homepage. "This view was taken taken in 1947 in the high bay area of the Temco Grand Prairie, Texas Plant. This building was built for North American Aviation so they could build T-6 and P-51 aircraft during WWII. I believe this shot was taken shortly after Temco took over Globe and we had delivered some of the of the airplanes from the Globe 'pea patch' to Temco. I believe the planes in the background were in line waiting for the 'Temco Inspection and Renewal Plan.' You can see the crates and boxes stored just to the right of NC3322K which contained the parts and assemblies furnished by Globe earlier for assembling the standard model Swift per the Globe contract." B&W, about 57K, Added 1/1/02.
Ground view of Globe Swift, N3222K. B&W, about 33K, Added 03/30/02.
Inflight left side view of Grumman-American AA-5A Cheetah, N9581U, c/n AA5A-0081, manufactured in 1975. This is a four place airplane powered by a 150HP Lycoming engine. Developed from the American Aviation AA-1. American Aviation then built the AA-5 Traveler with a 150HP Lycoming, some 820 built, then Grumman purchased American Aviation and upgraded to the AA-5A Cheetah with about 900 built, finally the AA-5B Tiger which has a 180HP Lycoming engine with 1,320 built. B&W, about 106K, Added 09/28/15.
Ground view of Harlow PJC-2, NC18978. This airplane started as the PJC-1, c/n 1, the first airplane built by the students at the Pasadena Junior College aeronautics department, thus the "PJC" identifier. During test flying the PJC-1 crashed and was rebuilt with some changes, at which time the model changed to PJC-2. The airplane retained the same c/n 1, and same registration NC18978, and externally the PJC-1 and PJC-2 look identical. Designer Max Harlow standing by the airplane. Harlow built 11 PJC-2 aircraft in the 1938 to 1941 time frame, some purchased by the CAA (predecessor to the FAA). The PJC-1 and PJC-2 are certified under type certificate A-659, although on the type certificate it says that no model PJC-1 remains in existence. This example is current on the FAA register. I could not locate any information on a PJC-3, however one PJC-4 was built which became the Atlas H-10, and Harlow built four two place tandem PJC-5 training airplanes which were sold to India. B&W, about 35K, image added 09/01/13, caption updated 03/14/16 by webmaster Larry Westin after having an opportunity to review the existing records of Harlow Aircraft.
Ground view of Helio H-295 Super Courier, N5462E, c/n 1203, manufactured in 1965. Engine is a Lycoming GO-480. Helio built 173 model 295's. Photograph taken at Santa Monica Airport, May 1970. B&W, about 331K, My thanks to Stephen Ruby for correcting my original incorrect description. Added 08/01/14, caption corrected 08/24/14.
Inflight view of Helio H-295 Super Courier, N6327V, c/n 1401, manufactured in 1967. This particular airplane first registered as N6327V, per the FAA this airplane was deregistered in the US on 05/23/1974 and is now registered as C-GHDT in Canada. Heilio built 173 model H-295 aircraft. B&W, about 203K. My thanks to Stephen Ruby for correcting my original incorrect description. Added 08/01/14, caption corrected 08/24/14.
Ground view of Helio H-395 Super Courier, USAF 58-7026, c/n 506, manufactured in 1958. The USAF purchased 3 of these aircraft, which some reports indicate were used in SEA. Helio built 138 model 395 aircraft. When these aircraft were purchased in 1958 the USAF designated them as L-28A-HE Super Courier, until the Department of Defense redesignations of 1962 when the designation was changed to U-10A. B&W, about 354K, Added 08/01/14.
Inflight view of Helio H-500 Twin Courier, N10036. Sources indicate that the USAF purchased 3 aircraft as such: c/n 03, 63-8072 with later registration N10033, c/n 04, 63-8073 with later registration N10034, c/n 05, 63-8074 with later registration N10035. Aircraft was issued FAA Approved Type Certificate A2EA with approval from c/n 2 on. Based on that little information I can find I believe this is H-500 c/n 06 as N10036. Other sources indicate only about 7 model H-500 Twin Couriers were built. B&W, about 154K. Added 08/01/14.
Takeoff view of Hiller 12B helicopter, registration not visible. B&W, about 105K, Added 05/19/12.
Instrument panel view of Hiller 12E hellcopter, no registration identification visible. Radios are a Collins 51X3 receiver on left, and a Collins 17L-8A transmitter on the right. Radio power supply below the compass, and I beleive the aircraft battery below the radio power supply. B&W, about 164K, Added 05/19/12.
Inflight view of Hockaday Comet, NX18933, construction number 1001. Engine was a Continental Motors C-125 of 125HP, gross weight 1,800 pounds. From what I have learned this was the only Hockaday Comet built completed May 1946, and I don't believe it every achieved an approved type certificate. The Hockaday Aircraft Corp was located in Burbank, California. At one time it was planned to build production airplanes in Oakland, California, however I don't believe any production airplanes were built. B&W, about 303K, Added 07/10/12.
Ground view of Howard DGA-15P, NC5414N. Howard manufactured the DGA-15 with 3 different engine options. The DGA-15P used the 450HP Pratt and Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr. engine, The DGA-15J used the 330HP Jacobs L-6MB engine, and the DGA-15W used the 350HP Wright R-760-E2 engine. The largest number of DGA-15 airplanes used the Pratt and Whitney R-985 engine. B&W, about 161K, Added 07/26/13.
Ground view of Howard DGA-15P, NC75751. The DGA-15 airplanes were manufactured between 1940 and 1944. The DGA stands for "Dammed Good Airplane." This airplane is c/n 765, manufactured in 1943. B&W, about 110K, Added 07/26/13.
Ground view of Interstate L-6 Grasshopper, USAAF serial number 43-2680. Prior to WWII Interstate began building light aircraft, the S-1A1 Cadet. The airplane was designed for the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP). When the USAAF decided to use light aircraft Interstate put forward a version of the Cadet. Changes included more power, a 100HP Franklin engine, and extensive glazing for better visibility. Overheating problems with the Franklin engine limited production of the L-6 to 250 examples. This example is now displayed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. After WWII Interstate sold out to a company in Anchorage Alaska who built some as the "Artic Tern" model S-1B2.B&W, about 196K, Added 10/18/14.
Ground 1/2 front view of Johnson Rocket 185, N33339. Image B&W, about 272K. Photo is dated June 11, 1946. Added 10/23/15. Caption update - photo taken at Felts Field, Spokane, Washington. My thanks to David Lehman for updating the caption. Caption updated 01/28/16.
Ground view of Johnson Rocket 185, N32R. Only 18 or 19 Johnson Rockets were built at Fort Worth, Texas. N32R is serial number 6, now registered N33341, being restored. Click here for information about the Johnson Rocket, now Rev. E, 111/22/14, and here is a List of owners, Rev. C, 11/22/14. Image B&W, about 43K, info article PDF, about 81K, owner list PDF, about 13K. Added 01/01/02, updated 11/22/14.
Ground view of 1964 Lake LA-4 Amphibian. This is C/N 295, built in 1964. Originally it carried registration N1133L. It was exported to Southern Ireland as EI-ANR. It was as EI-ANR when this photograph was taken at Biggin Hill airport, which is located about 14 miles south southeast of London, United Kingdom. Later this airplane was sold in England as G-BOLL. The Lake LA-4 began as the Colonial Skimmer, an early 3 place version. Later developed into the LA-4 which is 4 place, with a 180 HP Lycoming engine. Photo taken by Richard Eling, via Randall Betki. B&W, about 144K, Added 06/10/09.
Inflight view of 1943 Langley Twin 2-4-90, registration NX29099. All wood construction using the "Vidal" process of plastic bonded plywood. Finish on this first example is clear varnish to emphasize its wood construction. Powered by two Franklin 4AC-199-E3 engines of 90HP each driving fixed pitch propellers. Could seat 4 people, however the useful load was better suited for 2 or maybe 3 people. First example built in 1943, then after WWII ended there were 2 or 3 additional examples manufactured. Langley's built after WWII had the wood covered with fabric for protection from the elements. B&W, about 311K, Added 01/01/16.
Very nice inflight view of Luscombe 8E, N71645, serial number 3072. Airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 112K, Added 11/24/10.
Ground side view of Luscombe 8E, N1980K. In this image the Luscombe has standard wheel landing gear. Peter M. Bowers Collection. B&W, about 41K, Added 03/30/02.
Inflight view of Luscombe 8E as a Seaplane, N1980K. In this beautiful image the Luscombe is equipped with float landing gear installed. This view shows Peter M. Bowers flying the Luscombe over a bridge. Peter M. Bowers Collection. B&W, about 81K, Added 03/30/02.
Ground side view of Maule M-4-210C Rocket, N51229, c/n 1087C, a 1973 model. Current on the FAA register. B&W, about 57K, Added 11/11/13.
Ground side view of Meyers 200A, N459C. Airplane has a 260HP Continental IO-0470-D engine. Later Aero Commander would purchase the rights to the Meyers 200 airplane and market it as the Aero Commander 200. See above for an inflight view of an Aero Commander 200. B&W, about 67K, Added 03/30/02.
Inflight view of 1945 Miles M65 Gemini 1, G-AGUS, construction number 4701. Believe this is the prototype Miles Gemini 1. B&W, about 396K, Added 10/01/16.
Ground view of 1947 Miles M65 Gemini 1A, G-AJWH, construction number 6293. The Gemini is a four place twin engine airplane. Equipped with Blackburn Cirrus Minor II engines each of 100HP. Some 134 aircraft of this model were built between 1945 and 1947. B&W, about 208K, Added 09/18/16.
Ground view of 1947 Miles M65 Gemini 1A, G-AKKB, construction number 6537. B&W, about 200K, Added 10/14/16.
Inflight view of Mooney Mark 18C Mite, N4157, c/n 323, built in 1955. This was Mooney's airplane. Note this is a single place airplane! Powered by either a Lycoming or Continental 75 HP engine. B&W, about 85K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of Mooney Mark 20, N4199. This is c/n 1001, built in 1955, and may be the prototype M20. This was Mooney's entry into the 4 place retractable gear airplane field. To keep cost down the landing gear retracted manually as did the flaps, with a large handle in the cockpit. Wings were built of wood, fuselage of metal. B&W, about 136K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Mooney Mark 20A, N1052B. This is a 1958 model, serial number 1279, and is current on the US register. B&W, about 116K, Added 10/05/05.
Inflight view of Mooney Mark 21, N3457X. This is a 1967 model. B&W, about 96K, Added 11/18/05.
Being an aviation enthusiast since a young boy in the 1950's, I remember Mooney using the Mark 22 designation twice. The first time Mooney used the Mark 22 designation was for a twin engine airplane based on the Mark 20. I've found very little information available about the Mooney Mark 22 twin. What I present here are two images of the Mooney Mark 22 Twin. Both are views from the ground. Mooney Mark 22 Twin head on view, and Mooney Mark 22 Twin side view. The registration is N5299B. These images are from about 1958. Power was two Lycoming O-320 150 HP engines. A 1959 aircraft book I have indicates "Mooney continues flight testing the twin engine Mark 22." Both images are B&W, head on view is about 213K, side view is about 216K. As far as I know Mooney did not get the airplane certified. Not the best quality images, but all I have of the Mooney Mark 22 Twin. Added 12/24/05.
Mooney used the Mark 22 designation a second time when they built and certified the Mark 22 Mustang airplane. This inflight view show a Mooney Mark 22 Mustang, Registered as N9122L, the door says "Experimental." I believe this was the first prototype. Mooney built about 30 of the Mark 22 Mustang, beginning in 1964. The airplane uses a 310HP engine, and was an early general aviation single engine pressurized airplane. B&W, about 145K, Added 12/24/05.
Webmaster Note - Navion's were built by several companies including North American, Ryan and multiple other companies. For this reason Navion's are listed together here.
Inflight view of North American Navion, NC91103. North American designed the Navion at Inglewood, California. Later North American sold the rights to the Navion to Ryan. Shown is a 1946 North American built Navion, serial number NAV-4-5. B&W, about 111K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Ryan Navion, N4566K. Ryan purchased the rights to the Navion from North American Aviation in the late 1940's. This Navion is serial number NAV-4-1566, a 1948 model. B&W, about 94K, Added 03/30/02.
Another Inflight view of Ryan Navion, N4566K. This photo may have been taken during the same flight as the view above. In this view you can see San Diego and the bay, with Lindberg Field below. This airplane is currently on the US register. B&W, about 109K, Added 10/05/05.
Ground side view of Ryan Navion with the sliding canopy open, N5119K, serial number NAV-4-2019. This airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 135K, Added 01/01/12.
Both North American and Ryan sold Navions to the U.S. military. This image is a Ryan L-17B Navion inflight, serial number 48-921, c/n NAV-4-1627. At one time N4627K, no longer registered. B&W, about 158K, Added 01/01/12.
After Ryan discontinued production, Navion's were built by other manufactures who made design changes. Shown here is a Navion Model H Rangemaster, registration N2500T. Note the sliding canopy of the original design is gone with the more common cabin and side door. After Ryan, TUSCO was the next Navion builder, then the Navion Aircraft Company, and finally the American Navion Society built the Navion in Seguin, Texas. This aircraft built by the American Navion Society of Seguin, Texas, the last company to build the Navion. Date is about 1965. B&W, about 124K, Added 01/15/12.
Ground side view of Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman USAAF serial number 44-70370, c/n 635. Later this airplane went on the civil register as NC58689, and later yet registered in Canada as CF-IRE. Engine is a Pratt and Whitney R-1340 engine of 600 HP. B&W, about 168K, Added 11/11/14.
Inflight view of Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman USAAF serial number 44-70526, c/n 791. Later this airplane went on the civil register in India as VT-CBW. After WWII Canada Car and Foundry purchasedd the rights to the Norseman. Altogether more than than 900 Norseman aircraft were. B&W, about 123K, Added 11/11/14.
Ground view of Oberlerchner JOB15-150/2 registered OE-DOD. Believe this is c/n 72. Josef Oberlerchner first designed gliders, then designed powered aircraft. Approximately 24 production versions of the JOB 15, JOB 15-150 and JOB 15-150/2 aircraft were built at Spittal an der Drau, Austria in the 1960 to 1966 time period. The JOB 15-150/2 is a 3 seat airplane. B&W, about 214K, Added 12/08/14.
Instrument panel view of the Oberlerchner JOB15-150/2 registered OE-DOD. Believe this is c/n 72. B&W, about 197K, Added 12/08/14.
Ground land rear view of a Piaggio P.136-L1 Royal Gull Amphibian, registration N221A, c/n 198. Eighteen of the L-1 version built in Italy, this airplane in 1955. In the U.S. it was marketed as the "Royal Gull." Equipped with Lycoming GO-480 engines in a pusher arrangement. Piaggion built a total of 63 P.136 amphibians. B&W, about 299K, Added 07/19/14.
Ground land front view of a Piaggio P.136-L1 Royal Gull Amphibian, registration N221A, c/n 198. Eighteen of the L-1 version built in Italy, this airplane in 1955. In the U.S. it was marketed as the "Royal Gull." Equipped with Lycoming GO-480 engines in a pusher arrangement. Piaggio built a total of 63 P.136 amphibians. B&W, about 214K, Added 07/19/14.
Inflight view of a Piaggio P.166A-L1, registration G-ARUJ, c/n 376. This airplane has a land plane fuselage with the wings and engines of the P.136 amphibian. Twenty nine of the A-L1 version were builit in Itlay beginning in 1961. Two pilots and 6 to 8 passengers. Equipped with Lycoming GSO-480-B1C6 engines in a pusher arrangement. B&W, about 183K, Added 07/19/14.
Inflight view of Piper J-3 Cub, NC42047. The Piper J-3 Cub is probably the most recognized name for an American general aviation airplane. Piper built more than 20,000 J-3's. Shown is a 1942 model, serial number 10332. B&W, about 106K, Added 01/01/02.
Piper J-3 Cub Instrument Panel. Piper J-3 Cub's came from the factory with minimum instrumentation. This panel has, left to right, tachometer, airspeed, magnetic compass, non sensitive altimeter, and combination oil pressure oil temperature guage. B&W, about 118K, Added 12/01/08.
Ground view of Piper J-3 Cub, NC87992. Piper J-3 Cub's came from the factory with either a Continental, Franklin or Lycoming engine. This example is powered by a Continental A-65 engine. B&W, about 49K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of Piper J-4A Cub Coupe, NC25892. The Piper J-4A Cub Coupe an improved version of the J-3 with side by side seating (J-3's used tandem seating). The Piper J-4 had an open cowling, the J-4A cowling is closed as shown. Airplane shown is a 1939 model, B&W, about 68K, Added 10/14/07.
Piper J-4 Cub Coupe Instrument Panel. Piper J-4 Cub Coupe's have a somewhat more advanced instrument panel than the earlier J-3. This panel has, left to right top, airspeed, turn and bank, and rate of climb, left to right bottom, tachometer, non sensitive altimeter, and combination oil pressure oil temperature guage. On the right side of the instrument panel is a RCA two way radio. B&W, about 132K, Added 12/01/08.
Inflight view of Piper J-4A Cub Coupe, NC30440. The Piper J-4 Cub Coupe an improved version of the J-3 with side by side seating (J-3's used tandem seating). Piper built 1,251 J-4's between 1939-1942. Airplane shown is a 1940 model, serial number 4-1227. B&W, about 57K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of Piper J-5A Cub Cruiser, NC40796. The Piper J-5 Cub Cruiser is a 3 seat version of the J-4. Piper built 1,507 J-5's between 1940-1946. B&W, about 60K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of Piper PA-6 Sky Sedan, NX580. The Piper PA-6 Sky Sedan was a design initiated after WWII. Airplane had stressed skin fuselage, with a fabric covered wing, retractable conventional landing gear, with an Continental E-165 engine. Originally this was identified at the PWA-6 (Post War Airplane), 2 were built in 1945. The second with a 205 HP engine. B&W, about 111K, Added 08/02/12.
Ground view Piper PA-11 Cub Special, NC4587M. This is c/n 1190, manufactured 1947 with a Continental A-65 engine. B&W, about 94K, Added 07/26/13.
Ground view Piper PA-11 Cub Special, NC4629M. This was Piper's first post WW II airplane that was put in production (there were some prototypes which did not enter production). Piper built 1,541 PA-11's between 1947-1949. B&W, about 65K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, NC87803. This was the 4th PA-12 built, cn 12-4, built in 1946. Later in 1946, for a short period, Piper equipped this particular airplane with a 100 HP Frankling engine. Early PA-12 had the 100 HP Lycoming O-235, later PA-12's have the 108 HP Lycoming O-235C1. This PA-12 remains current on the FAA register. B&W, about 100K, Added 05/16/07.
Ground view Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, NC3899M. This was an updated J-5C, 3 place. Piper built 3,760 PA-12's between 1946-1948. Airplane shown is a 1947 model, serial number 12-2804. B&W, about 81K, Added 01/07/02.
Ground view Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser taken June 1958. This is a color view with the lady next to the airplane having her purse and shoes color coordinated with the trim color of the airplane. Color, about 151K, Added 10/24/11.
Water view Piper PA-12S Super Cruiser, NC2900M. Note the ventral fin under the vertical stabilizer for additional directional stability. These are very common for light aircraft equipped with floats. The S in the designation indicates this is a seaplane version of the PA-12. While the landplane PA-12 has a Lycoming O-235 of 108HP, the PA-12S seaplane has a Lycoming O-290 of 135HP. B&W, about 161K, Added 02/18/07.
Ground view Piper PA-14 Family Cruiser, NC5193H. This was Piper's first 4 place airplane. Piper built 238 PA-14's between 1948-1949. B&W, about 62K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of Piper PA-15 Vagabond, NC4123H. The Piper PA-15 was the airplane which saved Piper from bankruptcy after the disasterous 1947 light plane recession. This was the first Piper "Short Wing airplane." Piper built 387 Vagabonds. Airplane shown is a 1948 model, serial number 15-6. B&W, about 74K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view Piper PA-15 Vagabond, N4138H. This is c/n 15-21, manufactured in 1948. B&W, about 119K, Added 07/26/13.
Ground view Piper PA-16 Clipper, N5200H. Shown is construction number 16-2, the first production PA-16. This was an updated PA-15, 4 place. Piper built 736 PA-16's between 1949-1950. B&W, about 55K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of 1950 Piper PA-18-105 Super Cub, N5474H, serial number 18-66, a 1950 model. I believe Piper delivered this as a PA-18-105 with a 105HP Lycoming O-235 engine. This airplane is current on the FAA register which indicates is now has a Lycoming O-320 engine, which is 150 to 160HP. B&W, about 135K, Added 12/16/07.
Inflight view of 1951 Piper PA-18-105 Super Cub with the door open, N1144A, serial number 18-737. Airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 83K, Added 02/06/10.
Inflight view of 1960 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N3898Z, serial number 18-7343. Airplane is current on the FAA register. Piper built a total of 10,222 PA-18 Super Cubs. B&W, about 66K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view Piper PA-20 Pacer, N7100K. This is sereial number 20-1, actually the second PA-20 built. Piper built a prototype with the serial number 20-01. This airplane was built in 1949, a place airplane with a Lycoming 115HP engine. This airplane is still current on the FAA register although the FAA says it now has a Lycoming O-320 engine. B&W, about 120K, Added 01/12/08.
Here are various different views of the PA-20, left rear side door for the rear passengers, in this case the rear seat is moved out of the way and cargo is being loaded. right front seat has a stretcher installed, a rather unusual stretcher in design. A view of an early PA-20 intrument panel. Note the very basic instrumentation. Radio on left side, in front of the pilot, is a General Electric GE AS-1B radio. This radio has two tunable receiver bands, one in the 200 to 400 KHz range, the other in the 550 to 1600 KHz range, the standard broadcast band. The standard aircraft listening frequency for a control tower was 278 KHz. The transmitter has a single frequency, originally 3105 Khz, later the FCC changed this to 3023.5 KHz. The airplane transmitted to the tower, en route radio on 3105 or later 3023.5 KHz. Quite a difference from today's 760 channel crystal controlled synthesized VHF communications radios. There was no radio navigation unless the optional manual loop was installed. B&W, about 125K, B&W, about 86K, and B&W, about 96K respectively. Added 01/12/08.
Ground view Piper PA-20 Pacer, N7332K. This is an updated PA-16 Clipper with more power. Piper built 1,120 PA-20's between 1950-1954. Airplane shown is a 1950 model, serial number 20-242. B&W, about 48K, Added 01/07/02.
Inflight view of 1951 Piper PA-20 Seaplane, N1590A, serial number 20-826. Airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 132K, Added 02/06/10.
Ground view of 1952 Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer, N2374A, c/n 22-736. Airplane is current on the FAA register. The first Tri-Pacers used the Lycoming 0-290 Series engine of 135HP. B&W, about 132K, Added 09/18/16.
Inflight view of Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer view 1, N6844B, s/n 22-4143. The PA-22 Tri-Pacer was an updated PA-20 with tri-cycle landing gear. The same PA-22 model designation also brought the Caribbean, a lower cost Tri-Pacer, and the Colt which was a two place airplane designed for training. This was the last of the Piper "Short Wing" fabric covered airplanes, Piper built 9,490 of the PA-22 series between 1951 and 1960. The Tri-Pacer was replaced by the all metal PA-28 Cherokee line. B&W, about 50K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer view 2, N6844B. Believe this is serial number 22-4143. B&W, about 85K, Added 01/01/10.
Inflight view of 1957 Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer, N7353D. This is serial number 22-5139. Current on the FAA register. B&W, about 28K, Added 12/09/13.
Ground view of 1959 Piper PA-22-150 Caribbean, N2869Z. This is serial number 22-6785. The Caribbean was a lower cost version of the Tri-Pacer. Current on the FAA register. B&W, about 37K, Added 12/09/13.
Inflight view of Piper PA-22-160 Tri Pacer, N2868Z. This the 1960 model Tri Pacer with a 160HP Lycoming O-320 engine. B&W, about 80K, Added 10/28/07.
Piper Tri Pacer Instrument Panel view. This is the instrument panel of N2868Z, an inflight view of which is immediately above. This is the second type instrument panel for the Piper Tri Pacer. The first instrument panel had radios on each outboard side of the instrument panel, with flight instruments arranged inbetween. In 1959 Piper redesigned the instrument panel with center mounted radios and flight instruments in front of the pilot. This airplane is equipped with the Narco VHT-3 Superhomer. While the VHT-3 Superhomer has space for 12 transmitters crystals, the radio in this airplane has 9 crystals installed. The Narco VHT-3 Superhomer was probably the most popular radio of the period. Also installed in this airplane is a Narco LFR-3 low frequency radio. B&W, about 106K, Added 10/28/07.
Inflight view of Piper PA-22-108 Colt, N4501Z. The PA-22-108 Colt is a two place trainer version of the Tri-Pacer. Differences are it is only 2 place rather than 4 place, one wing fuel tank instead of two wing fuel tanks, and the rear window is not present on the Colt, and a lower horsepower Lycoming engine of 108HP rather than 160HP. This airplane is serial number 22-8001, a 1960 model, the second Piper Colt manufactured. B&W, about 228K, Added 04/21/16.
Inflight view of Piper PA-22-108 Colt, N5088Z. The PA-22-108 Colt has the 108 HP Lycoming O-235 engine, and is a two place version of the 4 place Tri-Pacer intended for the the training role. This airplane is serial number 22-8722, a 1961 model, and is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 74K, Added 05/16/07.
Very nice Inflight view of Piper PA-23 Apache, N1000P, serial number 23-2, the pre production airplane, a 1954 model. The PA-23 Apache was, in my opinion, a milestone airplane for Piper. It is the airplane which took Piper from tube and fabric puddle jumpers to the world of all metal business airplanes. The original design came to Piper when the assests of Stinson were purchased in late 1948. Among those assests were the drawings of a twin engine airplane, initially named the Twin Stinson, which evolved into the Apache. The Apache was the first Piper airplane to carry the now famous American Indian names. B&W, about 107K, Added 12/01/02.
Ground view of Piper PA-23 Apache, N1000P, serial number 23-2. B&W, about 130K, Added 12/26/12.
View of the original style Piper PA-23 Apache Instrument Panel, The Piper Apache's built from 1954 to 1959 used this type instrument panel with the radios on each side and the flight and engine instruments in the middle. Apache's built beginning in 1960 and later have a center mounted radio stack with flight instruments to the left in front of the pilot, and engine instruments to the right side. Photo courtesy of Ron Dupas who tells me the photo was taken by himself at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in the late 1950's or early 1960's. Ron maintains a very nice homepage with many images, please take a look at 1000AircraftPhotos.com for many other aircraft images. B&W, about 82K, Added 07/25/04.
Inflight view of Piper PA-23 Apache "C", N2000P, serial number 23-229, a 1956 model. The Apache later evolved into the Piper Aztec. B&W, about 194K, Added 01/01/02.
Ground view of Piper PA-23 Apache "C", a 1956 model. Difficult to read the registration, it may be OO-CCW which, if correct, means it was registered in Belgium. B&W, about 36K, Added 06/02/13.
Piper PA-23 Apache Instrument Panel. This is serial number 23-596, 1956 Piper Apache, registered N2022P at the time, now registered in the UK as G-ATKA. This may be the most sophisticated Apache panel I've seen. Note on the left side are dual ARC ADF-21 ADF's, with an ARC 210 communications radio above the ADF's, and on the right side on top a Narco VC-27 Simplexer with a VOR, and right bottom a Sunair HF. This airplane also has the optional two vacumm pumps, with a valve on the instrument panel to check each vacuum pump. B&W, about 173K, Added 12/01/08.
1956 Piper PA-23 Apache Instrument Panel. This is serial number 23-709. Two radios on the left side, a Narco Mark II Omnigator and a Lear ADF-12, on the right side a Narco Mark V with 90 transmitter, and 190 receiver crystal controlled frequencies. B&W, about 240K, Added 03/14/10.
Inflight view of Piper PA-23 Apache "D", N1000P, a 1957 model. The registration is a mystery as N1000P was used earlier for the second Apache, serial 23-2. It may be that Piper updated the earlier airplane as the prototype 1957 model. B&W, about 132K, Added 01/01/10.
Instrument Panel for a 1957 Piper PA-23 Apache "D", N3059P. This is a higher resolution view of the early type Apache instrument panel with the radios on each side. This airplane has a Narco MK II and Lear ADF-12 on the left side, a Lear L-2 Deluxe autopilot immediately to the left of the throttle quadrant, a Lear 3 lite marker beacon above the altimeter, a Narco VC-27 Simplexer, and a Narco Omniplexer on the right side of the instrument panel. The Bonanza seen through the windshield is N3306V, a straight 35 model, serial number D-765. WEBMASTER NOTE - I am trying to obtain a good quality photograph, or negative, of the 1959 and later Apache instrument panel which has the radios mounted in the center. Please email me if you have a period photo or negative you may want to sell. B&W, about 571K, Added 03/01/12.
Inflight side view of Piper PA-23 Apache "D" N2154P, serial number 23-756, a 1957 model. B&W, about 65K, Added 01/01/10.
Inflight view of Piper PA-23 Apache "F", N3454P, serial number 23-1426, a 1959 model. B&W, about 55K, Added 02/18/06.
Ground view of Piper PA-23 Apache "F", N3454P, serial number 23-1426, a 1959 model. See above for an inflight view. B&W, about 206K, Added 09/26/14.
Ground view of Piper PA-24 Comanche, N2024P, serial number 24-1, built in 1956. This is the first prototype Comanche, the first of 4,717 Piper Comanche 180/250's. Piper built 148 more as the Piper Comanche 400, for a total of 4,865 Piper Comanches, all built at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. B&W, about 84K, Added 03/30/02.
Inflight view of Piper PA-24 Comanche, N6000D, serial number 24-02, the second prototype built in 1956. Initially the Comanche was available with the 180 HP Lycoming engine. B&W, about 191K, Added 05/07/15.
Inflight view of Piper PA-24 Comanche, N5000P, serial number 24-3, a 1957 model. This is the first production Comanche. The Comanche was available with either the 180 HP or 250 Hp Lycoming engine. This particular airplane has the 180 HP engine, but is externally identical to the 250 HP engine model. B&W, about 43K, Added 01/01/02.
Inflight view of Piper PA-24 Comanche, N5100P, serial number 24-105, a 1958 model. This is the first production 250HP Comanche. The Comanche was available with either the 180 HP or 250 Hp Lycoming engine. This particular airplane has the 250 HP engine, but is externally identical to the 180 HP engine model. This airplane is currently still on the US registery. B&W, about 124K, Added 10/05/05.
Inflight view of Piper PA-24 260 Comanche, N8383P, serial number 24-3642, a 1964 model. This airplane is currently still on the US registery. B&W, about 99K, Added 05/16/07.
Inflight view of Piper PA-24 400 Comanche, N8400P, serial number 26-3, a 1964 model. Piper built 148 Comanche 400's, all during 1964. The Comanche 400 is powered by the Lycoming IO-720 eight cylinder, 400 horse power engine. Because of the heavier ngine the wing is moved forward slightly from the 180 and 250/260 horse power Comanche. Note the serial number is 26-3, yet the model is still PA-24, specifically the PA-24-400. B&W, about 74K, Added 01/01/12.
Inflight view of Piper PA-25 Pawnee, registration N74829, c/n 25-02, a 1962 model, with a Lycoming 235HP engine. The Pawnee was the first purpose built agriculture airplane manufactured by Piper. B&W, about 202K, Added 09/26/14.
Inflight view of a 1959 Piper PA-27 Aztec, N4501P, serial number 27-3. The Aztec is an upgraded Apache. The major change is uping the horsepower from the Apache's 160 to the Aztec's 250, plus redesigned horizontal and vertical stabilizers. Significantly improved performance resulted from the additional horse power. The first production Aztec's are configured to seat 5, and have a shorter nose than does the next version, the Aztec B. This photographs shows the Aztec flying with the right propeller feathered as would done if an engine failed. B&W, about 45K. Added 02/18/06.
Inflight view of a 1961 Piper PA-27 Apache 235, N4914P, serial number 27-460. This Apache 235 started life as an Aztec which was re-engined with a lower horse power Lycoming O-540 engine of 235 horse power. The redesigned horizontal and vertical stabilizers of the Aztec remain on this Apache. Reason for the reduced horse power Aztec was to lower cost. B&W, about 111K. Added 01/15/12.
Ground advertising view of a 1961 Piper PA-27 Apache 235 N4914P. This photo was taken in 1961, note the clothing worn. Women wearing either a dress or skirt and blouse with high heels, men wearing suits. B&W, about 160K. Added 01/15/12.
Inflight view of Piper PA-27 Aztec "B", N5000Y, serial number 27-2000, a 1962 model. Although Piper construction numbers for the Aztec begin with 27, the official FAA designation is PA23-250. Piper built a total of 4,929 Aztecs (this total includes 118 airplanes with the 27 construction number built as the Piper Apache 235). The PA-27 Aztec is the definitive version of the Apache, which itself originated from the Twin Stinson. B&W, about 95K, Added 01/01/02.
Typical Piper PA-27 Aztec "B" Instrument Panel, N5010Y. Piper switched from side mounted radios to center mounted radios in 1959. This is a 1962 Piper Aztec "B" instrument panel. Top radio is a Bendix ADF-T12B, 2nd down is a Narco Mk-10, 3rd down is a Narco Mk-5, and lowest is a Narco UDI-2 DME. Both the MK-10 and Mk-V drive an omni, but there is no glideslope. The autopilot control is lower left of the control wheel, there is no transponder. Photo courtesy of David Gill, B&W, about 225K, Added 10/03/10.
Inflight view of Piper PA-27 Aztec "C", N5430Y, serial number 27-2507, a 1965 model. The "C" model Aztec introduced "Tiger Shark" nacelles. The propellers were now further ahead of the engine. This gave a quieter cabin. B&W, about 92K. Added 09/09/07.
Ground view of Piper PA-27 Aztec "C", N5430Y, serial number 27-2507, a 1965 model. B&W, about 172K, Added 02/01/17.
View of a Piper PA-27 Aztec "D" 6 place Cabin. Airplane is registered N6540Y, c/n 27-3837, a 1968 model. The well dressed lady was not included. B&W, about 156K. Added 09/26/14.
Inflight view of Piper PA-27 Aztec "E", N13775, c/n 27-4426, a 1969 model. Nose more pointed. B&W, about 102K. Added 09/26/14.
Piper made a major change in 1960 from tube and fabric to all metal design for single engine airplanes. This inflight view shows an 1960 PA-28-160 Cherokee 160, N2800W, serial number 28-3. Fixed gear Piper aircraft built immediately prior to the Cherokee were the PA-22-160 Tripacer, PA-22-108 Caribean, and the PA-18-150 Super Cub. B&W, about 92K, Added 04/12/06.
Here is an image of the slightly later 1963 PA-28-180 Cherokee 180B, N5447W, serial number PA28-524. This airplane is still on the US registry. Externally this Cherokee is identical with the earlier models 1961-1962. B&W, about 93K, Added 10/05/05.
Instrument panel view 1964 PA-28-180 Cherokee 180B, N7821W, serial number PA28-1830. Primary VHF radio is a Narco Mark 12 with VOA-4 indicator, a Narco ADF-31, a Narco Mark 8 back up VHF, and a Narco UDI-4 DME. This airplane is still on the US registry. B&W, about 122K, Added 10/05/05.
Very nice inflight view of 1964 PA-28-180 Cherokee 180C, N7613W, serial number PA28-1573. The Cherokee "C" has a new fiberglass engine cowling. This airplane is still on the US registry. B&W, about 112K, Added 01/01/11.
Ground view of 1964 PA-28-180 Cherokee 180C, N7613W, serial number PA28-1573. This view shows the new fiberglass engine cowling of the Cherokee "C." B&W, about 151K, Added 12/26/12.
An inflight image of the 1963 PA-28-235 Cherokee 235, serial number PA28-10004. Originally registered as N8503W as shown in the image, currently on the U.S. register as N812JS. B&W, about 142K, Added 12/26/12.
Here is an image of the 1965 Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee 235B, N9076W, serial number PA28-10676. This airplane is still on the US registry. B&W, about 108K, Added 10/05/05.
Inflight image of the 1971 PA-28-235 Cherokee 235 F, registration N5125S, I believe this is c/n 28-721016 the Cherokee 235 used to develop the 1972 model. The Cherokee 235 now has a third side window. B&W, about 404K, Added 09/26/14.
Inflight view of a Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II, registration N1972T, a 1971 model. The Arrow II is retractable gear Cherokee, now with 200 HP, and the Arrow II is 5 inches longer leg room between the back of the front seats then the original Arrow, and the back seats. B&W, about 163K, Added 09/26/14.
Inflight view of 1963 Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N7001Y, serial number 30-2. This was the second production Twin Comanche. B&W, about 47K, Added 06/02/13.
Inflight view of 1967 Piper PA-30 Turbo Twin Comanche B, N8416Y, serial number 30-1567. This Twin Comanche has tip tanks and is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 49K, Added 06/02/13.
Inflight view of 1969 Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche , registration N8823Y, c/n 30-1981, a 1969 model with tip tanks. B&W, about 268K, Added 09/26/14.
Inflight view of 1940 Porterfield CP-65 Collegiate, unable to see registration. The Collegiate was available with a Continental engine as the CP-65, a Franklin engine as the FP-65 or a Lycoming engine LP-65. Porterfield built aircraft until late 1941 when Porterfield concentrated on military production of gliders. B&W, about 76K, Added 04/14/14.
Ground view of 1941 Porterfield FP-65 Collegiate, registration N34746, construction number 899. This Porterfield used the Franklin 4AC-176-B2 4 cylinder engine. B&W, about 247K, Added 07/07/14.
Water view of the Republic RC-1 Thunderbolt Amphibian, NX41816. This airplane was the prototype seaplane which would later be developed into the Republic RC-3 Seabee Amphibian. The Thunderbolt Amphibian and was constructed with different, conventional manufacturing techniques. Repubic eventually used simlified manufacturing techniques for the Seabee production. First flight of the RC-1 was November 13, 1944. B&W, about 150K, Added 10/24/11.
Ground view of Republic RC-3 Seabee Amphibian, NX87451. Republic offered the first RC-3's at $3,995! The price was far too low and Republic was forced to raise the price quickly. B&W, about 72K, Added 03/30/02.
Ground view of Republic RC-3 Seabee, NC87479. A very unique post WWII amphibian built by Republic. This airplane is serial number 29, still current on the FAA register. B&W, about 52K, Added 01/01/02.
Two interior views of the Seabee - Republic RC-3 Seabee Instrument panel, and Republic RC-3 Seabee showing the seating to the rear. B&W, about 129K and 168K respectively, Added 09/04/06.
Inflight view of Republic RC-3 Seabee, NC8754B. This isn't a real high quality image, but it is what I have of a Republic Seabee inflight. B&W, about 44K, Added 09/04/06.
Another inflight view of Republic RC-3 Seabee, NC87461. This is serial number 12. Better quality than the view above. B&W, about 106K, Added 10/06/06.
Inflight view of Saturn Meteor II, registration N9700C, c/n 25 manufactured in 1960. Monocoupe began design of this airplane in 1954, later the design was taken over by Saturn Aircraft and Engineering. As far as I know the airplane never received a FAA type certificate. It is current on the FAA registered listed as experimental. As far as I can learn only 1 airplane was built. Two 180HP Lycoming engines. B&W, about 118K, Added 11/11/14.
Inflight view of a Swedish Saab 91B Safir of the Royal Swedish Air Force. This aircraft with the number 5 on the fuselage was the first of the 76 Saab 91B for the Swedish AF. It had c/n 91201 and the Swedish AF serial 50001. The Swedish AF designated the type Sk 50, the Sk stands for skolan (school or training). The aircraft served for only five months with the Swedish AF at Ljungbyhed, after test flights and type approval it was sold back to Saab. It was registered SE-BWB and eventually sold to Japan, registered JA3055 it was offered to the JASDF as a trainer, but not selected. Eventually the aircraft ended up with the Technical Research and Development Institute of the JASDF, serialed TX-7101 it was used under various X1G designations as a research aircraft. By 1977 the aircraft was converted to a four-seater and was used as a liaison aircraft. Since 1996 it is on display at the Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum. Photo courtesy of Saab, B&W, about 210K, Added 10/14/16. My thanks to Johan Visschedijk for correcting and updating my caption. Caption updated 10/15/16.
Inflight view of a Swedish Saab 91C Safir of the Royal Swedish Air Force. This aircraft with the number 8 on the fuselage was a Saab 91C Sk 50C four-seater with serial 50087 and c/n 91402. Fourteen were built by Saab between 1960 and 1962. Coded 8-86 it was allotted to F 8, also at Ljungbyhed. Photo courtesy of Saab, B&W, about 150K, Added 10/14/16. My thanks to Johan Visschedijk for correcting and updating my caption. Caption updated 10/15/16.
Inflight view of a Swedish Saab 91D Safir, c/n 91-412, registered in Finland as OH-SFJ. Saab flew the first model 91A in 1945, followed by the 91B in 1951, both being 3 seaters. Next the 91C in 1953, and the 91D, the definitive model, both 4 seaters. SAAB sold most to air forces as trainers, many later sold to individuals. About 470 Saab 91 Safir's were built between 1945 and 1965. All metal airplane with fabric covering on the wing from the main wing spar aft to the wing trailing edge, with the control surfaces also fabric covered. My thanks to photographer Lasse Kaila for permission to use this image. Color, about 154K. Added 07/23/14.
Instrument panel view of Saab 91D Safir. This airplane is c/n 91-412, registered in Finland as OH-SFJ. My thanks to photographer Lasse Kaila for permission to use this image. Color, about 544K. Added 07/23/14.
SAAB manufactured the Saab MFI 15 Safari registered SE-301 as a 2 to 3 seat trainer with a 150HP Lycoming engine. The Saab MFI 15 was first flown on 11 July 1969 with a low set horizonatal stabilizer. This image was taken later after the airplane was modified to have a "T" tail configuration to prevent damage when flown from rough fields. In this photo the airplane is shown with the original tri-cycle landing gear configuration. B&W, about 217K. Later Saab made a change to the Saab MFI 15 Safari shown with the optional conventional landing gear still registered registered SE-301. Saab built approximately 250 for civilian owners, then sold the rights for licence production of this aircraft to Pakistan during 1976. B&W, about 128K. Both photos courtesy of Saab. Added 10/14/16.
Ground view of Shinn 2150A N5129V c/n SP25, manufactured in 1961. This airplane was designed by W. J. Morrisey and built by Morrisey Aviation Inc. Later models manufactured by Shinn. Two place in tandem. The model 2150A uses the Lycoming O-320 engine of 150HP. B&W, about 165K. Added 02/15/15.
Several images of Stinson Airplanes. This link takes you to my Stinson photo page. Several Stinson's are available. Added 01/01/02, updated often.
Inflight view of Taylorcraft BL12-65, registration NC29548, c/n 2501. This is the Deluxe version with full cowling. I don't know the year for certain, believe this airplane was manufactured in 1940 or 1941. On the back of the photo is a stamp that the WWII censor had release the photo for publication on July 17, 1942. B&W, about 191K, Added 04/22/11.
Ground view of a Taylorcraft BC-12D, N96386. This particular airplane has, for an airplane, unusual white side wall tires. There was some experimenting with white side wall tires during the late 1940's as an aide to seeing the airplane at night by air traffic controllers (tower operators). White side walls didn't seem to catch on, so apparently it did not provide any big improvement. B&W, about 47K, Added 01/01/02.
Water view of a Taylorcraft BF Seaplane at the dock. Registration is N5010M, airplane serial number is 10310. This airplane is current on the FAA register. B&W, about 164K, Added 09/02/10.
Inflight view of a Ted Smith Aerostar 600, registration N588TS, c/n 60-0001, first flown in 1967. Later rights were sold to Butler Aviation, who owned the Mooney Airplane Company. The new company was named Aerostar Aircraft Corporation with the plan to produce the Aerostar at the Mooney plant at Kerrville, Texas. Ted Smith purchased the Aerostar rights from Aerostar Aircraft Corp. in 1972 and began manufacturing at Santa Maria, California. In 1978 Piper aircraft purchased the rights to the Aerostar who built the Piper Aerostar versions with their designation PA-60 until 1984. Some 1010 Aerostars of various versions were built. B&W, about 200K, Added 09/26/14.
Ground view of a Temco Riley D-16 Twin Navion, N8680H, serial number NAV-4-680. Airplane is still on the FAA register. This is a major modification to the North American / Ryan Navion. The single Continental engine is removed from the nose, and two Lycoming engines Added to the wing. Center section is strengthened, and the vertical tail is enlarged to achieve adequate control for single engine flight. B&W, about 74K, Added 12/01/02.
Inflight view of Wing Derringer D-1, registration is N88941, airplane serial number D-1. Only about 12 Drringers were built, it is a two place, twin engine airplane with Lycoming O-320 150 HP engines. This airplane was built in 1964 at Torrance, California. B&W, about 114K, Added 10/01/12.
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